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WINTER SOLSTICE CHEER
Mon 5-Dec-11
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Hattie
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A dear friend sent me this link overnight because she knows I'm interested in making boozy drinks & there is still just enough time to get it ready in time. So I thought I would pass it on to you enthusiasts as it might make a good gift, packaged up in decorative bottles. What do you think. I have all the ingredients at hand so I will make some today. I like the idea of the peppercorns & star-anise.

I also appreciate it being named & made for the solstice as that time of the year is very important to me as it heralds a new beginning & the light starts increasing.

 

http://www.sidewalkshoes.com/2011/11/winter-solsti.....-brew.html

 

[*** I just know I am going to start playing with this recipe....I can never leave things alone.....recipes I mean !!   wink ]

 

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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I might have a problem finding star anise but will give it a go. It would be good to have some ready for when the snow startsbig_laugh Keep us posted with any changes you make pleasesloe_gin

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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I wonder if you could use Fennel seeds instead of Star Anise Aly?  

I'll try that again!

Mon 5-Dec-11
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good idea, off for a rummage in the pantry

thanks

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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Hattie
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I also think cardomom would be good.  smile

 

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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Good idea, that would be a warming addition.  I can see that several batches of this will be made at Hattie's place.

I'll try that again!

Mon 5-Dec-11
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I have both in the pantry whoopeee who needs star anisebig_laugh

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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Hhm. Hattie hhm, I'm in trouble.

The only saving grace is there is not quite enough time to get this ready for Christmas.

The big attraction for me is going to be sucking those oranges after they have been swimming in brandy for an age and that is just a by-product!!

Thank you !!!

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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Start now it would be ready when we get back from the UK, none for the relatives. Oh dear what a shame!whistle

Tue 6-Dec-11
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Too late for this solstice but I think we should all try it out and have a group tasting session in the dark and miserable days of February. Then we'll be well informed on all its finer points and prepared to make it in good time for solstice next year. smile

I'm with you, Nadine, solstice is definately a day worth celebrating! sloe_gin

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Tue 6-Dec-11
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Too late for this solstice, but I will be having a solstice bonfire with food cooked on it.  Mulled apple juice works well to drink around the bonfire Maybe I will make this next year, after hearing all the reviews of it in February big_laugh

Thu 8-Dec-11
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That is an interesting looking recipe. I'll have to give it a go if I get a bottle of brandy for christmas. But until then I think a glass of sloe gin might hit the spot...

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