This addition to the alcohol free recipes is a straight adaptation of a Scandinavian winter ‘toddy’ that is traditionally served with alcohol. (Calvados and cider are typical additions.) My version is alcohol free – so a good choice for the nominated driver or non-drinker.
It’s really easy – take a carton of clear apple juice or a bottle of that lovely cloudy home pressed juice you can get at farmer’s markets, and place in a saucepan over a steady heat. Grate in a 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg and add 1 – 2 tsps. of allspice berries. Bring up to a ‘just-boiling’ then turn off the heat. Do not allow to simmer – you need to retain the apple juice’s sharp/sweet balance and boiling seems to mess this up royally.
Slice a small apple into a large serving jug (heatproof if possible – or use a strong glass jug with a large metal spoon in it and stand the jug on a wooden board. It prevents the jug cracking and no – I have no idea why but it works with jam and chutney bottling so the same laws of physics apply here.
Pour hot (not boiling) juice through a strainer into the jug. That’s it – told you it was easy!