Champagne cocktails with mulled sloe

Mulled sloe and champagne cocktails

  • Easy

Our recipe for a classic Christmas champagne recipe using berries from the garden. Recipe Lia Leendertz, photographs Jason Ingram, styling Clare Gardner-Medwin

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A slug of this syrup at the bottom of a glass of champagne makes a great winter cocktail: fruity, spicy and sparkling with a mulberry glow, and redolent of bountiful hedgerows.

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Ingredients

  • Sloes 2kg, Washed
  • Water 750ml
  • Egg white 1
  • Sugar 80g per 100ml liquid
  • Cinnamon sticks 2
  • Allspice berries 10
  • Cloves 4
  • Slices of orange and lemon zest Tied in a small piece of muslin
  • Champagne to serve

Method

To make the syrup

  • Step 1

    Place the sloes, water and the bag of spices into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Remove the spice bag and put it into a clean saucepan. Place a large piece of clean muslin in the saucepan, then pour in the cooked sloes.

  • Step 3

    Tie the muslin at the corners and hang it up to drip into the pan overnight.

  • Step 4

    In the morning, squeeze the cloth gently and then set aside. Remove the spice bag from the liquid.

  • Step 5

    Beat the egg white, then whisk into the liquid.

  • Step 6

    Bring all to the boil, stirring frequently and skimming off the froth on the surface.

  • Step 7

    Cool, measure volume, then add 80g sugar per 100ml liquid. Boil until it starts to thicken and sugar is completely dissolved, cool slightly.

  • Step 8

    Then pour into warm, sterile bottles and seal.

To make the cocktails

  • Step 1

    Pour a dash of syrup into a glass and add Champagne.

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