Earlier this week, I returned home from New York with a lot of amazing memories and a raging head cold (flipping air conditioned aeroplanes). Now I’d usually recommend abstaining from alcohol and dosing up on orange juice and lemsip to battle such ailments, however lack of sleep had the cocktail cabinet beckoning and this hot toddy recipe is the perfect winter warmer (plus it is much tastier than artificial lemon remedies)…
1 cinnamon stick
Slice of lemon
50-100ml hot water (depending on how strong you like it)
1 tsp honey
Squeeze of lemon juice
Pour the whisky and honey into a heatproof mug or glass. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick and hot water. Finish with the lemon slice and juice. Drink warm (and without the lemsip!)
Alongside our roast beef this afternoon, we’ll be enjoying this fruity Malbec made from grapes selected by winemaker Thierry Boudinaud in the Languedoc region in the South of France.
(The horseradish and mustard are also at the ready!)
If berries are your thing, this ruby red wine with tangy blackcurrant and cherry flavours, a hint of spice, and a smooth finish will be right up your street. Enjoy with a simple steak or roast beef on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Until 20th November, you can pick up two bottles for £12 (usual price £7.79/bottle).
Whether you’re taking to the garden with some sparklers this evening or sitting indoors listening to the bangs and hisses of your neighbour’s fireworks, make sure you have a glass of Rigal’s The Original Malbec 2011, available for £7.47 from Asda.
Deep ruby and aromatic with black fruit flavours (black cherry and blackcurrant) and smooth tannins, this red from Cahors in France would be ideal alongside hot dogs with caramelised onions and lots of tomato sauce!