Perfect winter warmers: Hot toddies and mulled wine

When it's cold and dark outside, there's nothing better than to curl up on the sofa with a steaming hot drink to warm you up from the inside out.

But we're not just talking about the classic British cup of tea. For a more festive brew that will cheer you up in an instant by releasing fragrances of Christmas in the air, why not try a twist on a traditional hot toddy.


Belvoir's Hot Toddy recipe uses a fruity blend of 100% natural pressed apple juice, root ginger, cinnamon and cardamom spices. Accentuate the flavours by further infusing with a cinnamon stick, ginger and lemon, topped off with some whiskey. In no time you'll have a warm, comforting and ideal drink for anyone trying to ward off a cold.

And for a seasonal alternative to mulled wine, try a Spiced Winter Berries cordial warmed gently together with white wine, cloudy apple juice, a cinnamon stick and a sprinkling of orange peel – those winter blues will soon be a thing of the past.

Or if you're feeling virtuous, this spicy cordial is equally as good without alcohol. Perfect for those evenings in with your loved ones, catch up over a cup of intensely fruity cordial that exudes a spiced aroma filled with real elderberry juice, blackberry juice and orange juice blended together with real cinnamon, clove and nutmeg extracts.

The most heavenly ways to indulge, it may be hard to believe that these drinks are made using the finest ingredients with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

And here's how to make the deliciously simple winter warmers....

Spiced Winter Berries Mulled Wine (serves 7)

1 bottle of dry white wine (try Sauvignon Blanc)
70ml Belvoir Spiced Berry Cordial
400ml Cloudy Apple Juice
1 Cinnamon stick
Peel of 1/2 an orange

Gently simmer all ingredients in a saucepan on low heat and serve in seven short glasses or mugs

Belvoir Hot Toddy (serves 1)
15 ml Belvoir Apple and Ginger Cordial
3 wedges of lemon, squeezed
150ml boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
2 thin slices root ginger
35ml Scotch whisky (blended whisky if available)

Add all ingredients into a cup with a handle and allow to steep for 30 seconds. Ensure you squeeze the juice from all three wedges into the cup but only drop one squeezed lemon wedge in to the drink, discard the other two. Stir well and garnish with the sprayed zest of an orange peel and lemon rind if available. Add more cordial or lemon juice to meet individual tastes.