All this digging and swigging that we get up to is done in our spare time. For our day jobs we run a small graphic design business, earning a crust by fiddling around with other peoples words and pictures while daydreaming about what drinks recipes we might come up with next.
Occasionally, those two worlds collide. Recently one of our design clients, JAZZ Apples, commissioned us to produce a recipe book featuring apple-based meals conjured up by prominent food bloggers. Knowing of our Thirsty Gardening ways, and especially our admiration for the humble apple, they asked if we would like to contribute a recipe. So we gave them a boozy one – an autumnally inspired hot apple toddy – and here it is for you to try for yourself.
How to make a JAZZ™ Apple Hot Toddy
Ingredients (per serving)
1 JAZZ™ Apple
1 ⅓ cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
½ thumb-sized chunk of ginger
60ml brandy or dark rum
2 tsp honey
Cut off a slice from your JAZZ™ Apple and set it aside for later. Roughly dice the rest of the apple, including the core.
Fill your chosen drinking mug with water and pour it into a pan. Then pour in another third of a mug of water – this will allow for evaporation. To this add the diced apple, cloves, cinnamon and lemon juice. Peel and finely slice or grate the ginger and add this as well.
Bring the liquid to the boil then turn the heat down and gently simmer for 15 minutes. As the pieces of apple soften you can press them against the side of the pan to squeeze out maximum juice.
Pour in the brandy or rum and give it a good stir, then strain the liquid into your mug.
Dice the slices of apple you set aside into raisin-sized pieces and sprinkle on top. Breathe deeply while sipping and enjoy the spicy aromas of this warm and comforting appley booze.
To download the complete JAZZ™ Apple Recipe Book click here