Infused with caramel, orange and cinnamon, warm up with a Pimms Winter Cup. We’ll be serving these at The Runnymede however as this is so easy to make, why not prepare a punchbowl of it to share at home for your festive celebrations? Simply mix Pimms Winter Cup with apple juice and garnish with cinnamon sticks and a sliced apple and orange.
It’s a classic, but for good reason. A glass of mulled wine is essential around Christmas. Our recipe is a secret so you’ll just have to pop in to try one… cosy up by the fire in our Lounge with a glass in hand and simply watch the world go by.
Whoever thought cider was just for summer was wrong! It is the perfect drink to enjoy mulled, with it’s already fruity flavour. To make at home, pour cider into a large pan on a low heat and let it warm through for a few minutes. Add the following spices and juices and turn the heat up: 6 cloves, 3-4 star anise, 1/4 finely grated nutmeg, 1 cinnamon stick, half an orange, 4-5 tablespoons of soft brown sugar, fresh orange juice and pomegranate juice. Once gently boiling, turn down to a simmer and leave to tick away for 5–8 minutes. Remove the star anise, cinnamon stick and orange halves and serve.
We will leave it up to you to decide how to enjoy your hot chocolate, with some inspiration to make it more festive! For a spiced hot chocolate we recommend stirring in a dash of star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg or for an extra kick, add a single measure of a spirit of your choice. Most popular at The Runnymede is Bailey’s Hot Chocolate but for something different, try dark rum or amaretto.
Mulled drinks don’t have to be alcoholic. You can add some festive spices to a drink of your choice, for example, tea, or pomegranate juice. We think Mulled Apple Juice is a great option and it’s so easy to make, should you want to try at home. Simply simmer apple juice with a cinnamon stick, 3 cloves and strips of orange peel for 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Then add some honey or sugar if you want it a little sweeter!
A range of warming mulled drinks will be available in our Lounge this winter alongside our festive menu. If you’re looking to join us for a Christmas Getaway where you can stay and indulge in as many festive cocktails as you like, take a look at our wonderful Christmas packages.
Following the latest government announcement, we are delighted to share the news that we will be re-opening the hotel including our restaurants, lounge and riverside terraces from Monday 17th May. The Spa will re-open to members and non-residents from Monday 12th April.