A warming, spicy drink to be enjoyed indoors or outdoors at chilly times.
10cm/4inch stick of cinnamon
1l/1.75pint fresh, unsweetened apple juice
2tsbp clear, runny honey
1 dessert apple
2tbsp lemon juice
Make a small piece of muslin into a spice bag to contain the cloves and cinnamon stick, and tie it up.
In a large saucepan, mix together the apple juice, raisins and honey, add thespice bag and leave for 1 hour until the raisins have plumped up and softened.
Peel and core the apple and slice into 4 rings. Heat the saucepan of apple juice etc on a low heat, add the apple rings and simmer for 20 minutes or so until the apple rings are just soft. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
Remove the pan from the heat, discard the spice bag and add the lemon juice to the mixture. Place an apple ring in each of 4 heat-proof tumblers and pour over the hot drink. A trick to stop glasses cracking when drinking hot drinks is to place a teaspoon into the glass first to absorb the heat.
Alcohol such as Calvados or brandy can be added to this warming drink to give it an extra, adult twist.