Friday, November 08, 2013

The blog is a little like my eyebrows at the moment- in need of some attention!  I suppose all lifestyle bloggers will at some stage suffer from life overload, when the simple task of living overtakes the need to sit tapping on a computer.  I make no apologies for my absence but simply hope that a warm alcoholic drink recipes makes up for my lack of blogging........

The mulled cider was drunk merrily on Guy Fawkes Night.  In case you have no idea what this is;

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.
So just in case you were in any doubt us Brits are nothing if not traditional and a little eccentric!  


  • 1 litres cider
  • 250 ml lemon and ginger tea, from a herbal teabag
  • 40 g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 large orange- juice and zest
  • 1/2 lemon- juice and zest
  • Juice of 1/2 a pomegranate
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 


  1. Add everything to a large pan and place over a gentle heat..
  2. Heat the saucepan until the mixture is almost boiling. Turn down the heat once the pan is near to boiling.   Pour into mugs or thick glass jars and enjoy- preferable around an open fire.

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