The festive season brings lots of diary dates for gatherings and parties with loved ones and that usually means having a drink or two as well.

One of the (very few) downsides about living in the Dordogne is the distance we all live from one another. The peace and tranquillity of country-living means having no one within walking distance. Having a car is therefore essential for engaging in social activities, otherwise we’d all be stuck alone!

Since everyone drives, it’s not possible to offer guests a tipple containing alcohol. Instead a deliciously warming alternative is to brew up a big pot of mulled apple juice. With all the taste and aroma of its alcoholic counterpart, mulled apple juice is the perfect alternative for remaining t-total. The best thing is, you can drink as much as you like without suffering the sore head the next day! 

Mulled apple juice recipe: