Hot Scrumpy

Hot Scrumpy is a delicious liquid dessert that is healthy as well as tasty. It is also low cost, which is a big bonus. The term scrumpy originates in south west England and is the local name for alcoholic cider. Please be aware that this recipe is non-alcoholic.

I can remember being challenged to drink three pints of Scrumpy at a pub near Taunton in the early 1960s. I have a vague recollection of the first two pints, but the third is buried in a deep alcoholic mist somewhere in the depths of my brain. That gives an indication of just how alcoholic real scrumpy can be. These days I prefer the non-alcoholic version.

Another memory of those far off days in a far off land took place in a pub in the village of Williton in south west England. It was the day of the Wassling Festival when you started by drinking hot alcoholic cider until life became a mist. Then I paid for a few shotgun cartridges and went into the yard to shoot ghosts from trees. Crazy, eccentric and very British—may they last forever. Submitted by David McCarthy, Australia

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp whole allspice
  • 2 quarts unsweetened apple juice

Method

Place the water and spices in a large pot, and bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the mixture, discarding the spices, and return the water to the pot.

Add the apple juice to the water, and simmer over low heat until thoroughly heated.

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