'The Hand Warmer': This Irish twist on Mulled Wine will go down a treat this Christmas
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'The Hand Warmer': This Irish twist on Mulled Wine will go down a treat this Christmas

THERE'S an old saying: to 'Irish up' something, and it's one of the most welcoming adages in our language.

It basically means 'to add whiskey to'. It can refer to coffee, soft drinks, heck - you could even 'Irish up' a glass of milk if you wanted to.

But for now, we're focusing on a combination that really does work, and is seldom seen in your mainstream drinking locales.

Mulled wine, as we know, is a delightful Christmas staple. It's the warm, cosy cousin of a gorgeous glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (or whatever overpriced bottle of wine you choose to try and impress your dinner guests when they come over).

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Garnished with ... well ... whatever spices you like, but traditionally, cinnamon, cloves and star anise, to name a few. Add in a slice of orange or lemon and you're all set. Undoubtedly, mulled wine always goes down a treat.

But have you ever wondered what it would be like to 'Irish' it up a bit?

Well, Jameson Irish Whiskey have, and they've only gone and created their very own Irish mulled wine cocktail.

They call it 'The Hand Warmer', and it's a thing of beauty.

If you need it in your home this Christmas, here's everything you'll need to know, courtesy of Jameson Whiskey:

What you will need:

  • 1 bottle of Jameson Original
  • 3 parts of pressed apple juice
  • The zest & juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 jar of date syrup (or honey if you can't find date syrup)
  • 50g of sliced ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 3 star anise
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How to make it:

  • Pour 3 parts of pressed apple juice into a large cooking pot.
  • Wrap 3 sticks of cinnamon, 3 star anise, 1 tbsp cloves, 6 green cardamom pods, zest from 3 lemons and 50g of sliced ginger in a cheese cloth.
  • Place spices in the cooking pot with the apple juice on medium heat until the liquid boils.
  • Add 1 jar of date syrup and the juice of 3 lemons.
  • Add Jameson into a tempered glass.
  • Ladle in your hot mix as needed.

And if that for some reason wasn't straightforward enough, here's a video which walks you through the process. Cheers!