‘My top tip for hassle-free entertaining over the festive season is to pre-prepare a punch the day before guests arrive so you can enjoy the moment too,’ says Burger. ‘This delicious alternative to mulled wine can be mixed in advance and simply warmed up in a pan as and when required, before serving in your favourite glasses. The addition of juniper berries to the drink compliments the flavours of the perfectly.’
To make one cocktail, you will need:
50mls Portobello Road Gin
Teaspoon of brandy butter
5mls sweet sherry (something like a Pedro Ximenez would be perfect)
Pinches of ground nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice
5 juniper berries
A large twist of orange peel
1. Stir all the ingredients together in a saucepan on a low heat until the mixture is steaming.
2. Serve in a heatproof mug or cup.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange zest.
Portobello Road Gin is available in store and online from Waitrose, Selfridges, Tesco and Harvey Nichols, £25.