Its that time of year, when the sun is shining but theres still a chill in the air. There is a few remaining weeks left of winter and our bodies are desperate to be back out soaking up the rays. Spring is coming. There are some new flower buds waiting to bloom in the garden, they just need a little more encouragement. Looking through the windows is deceptive. It looks glorious but don’t go out without a jacket. Slowly we are feeling a little more social, it seems a little easier to crawl out from under the doona, the beach is a little more enticing if only for a morning walk and it seems the end of our winter hibernation is near.
But I am not quite yet ready to sit outside with a chilled glass of wine or spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun with friends and a cold cocktail. I am still a little fragile in the chilly air, searching like a lizard for a patch of sun to warm myself in. Perhaps then, there is nothing better than warming your hands with a steaming glass of Mulled Cider and Cranberry, making the most of the beautiful winter colours of apples, oranges and lemons.
Mulled Cider and Cranberry
4 cups pure apple cider
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp brandy
1/2 tspn ground nutmeg
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
Apple slices and fresh (if you can get them, I used dried) cranberries
In a saucepan, combine cider, cranberry juice, sugar. brandy, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon stick, lemon zest and orange zest. Heat over a medium heat, just to combine flavours; do not boil. Strain and serve warm. Garnish with apple slices and cranberries.