Sea­sonal spe­cials

Devon Life - - Tarka Four -

MULLED WINE

The cooler au­tumn nights call for a warmer tip­ple, so Lyme Bay Mulled Wine (rrp £8.90 per 750ml bot­tle 10% abv) is the per­fect op­tion. Hand-crafted by Lyme Bay Win­ery, at Shute near Axmin­ster in East Devon, this de­li­cious au­tum­nal drink has won Gold at the Taste of the West Awards and was voted ‘Best Mulled Wine’ at the Ob­server Food and Drink Awards.

It is made from a de­li­cious blend of fer­mented grape juice with dam­son and el­der­berry plus the ad­di­tion of fes­tive spices such as cin­na­mon, clove, star anise and ginger.

All you need to do is empty the con­tents of the bot­tle into a saucepan and gen­tly warm it over a low heat un­til it is heated through and start­ing to sim­mer (be care­ful not to over­heat or boil as it could scald on drink­ing). Add a tot of brandy for an ex­tra kick, to warm the cock­les on a chilly au­tumn evening whilst watch­ing a glow­ing bon­fire.

This de­light­ful mulled wine has ap­peal­ing aro­mas of hedgerow fruit, in­clud­ing ripe dam­son and juicy black el­der­berry. The palate is rich, sweet and clev­erly spiced to add lay­ers of com­plex­ity and a sea­sonal edge to this wine with a lin­ger­ing fin­ish. It is made with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents which have been care­fully se­lected to en­sure that this wine is suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans and coeli­acs.

En­joy it served warm with a gar­nish of or­ange peel and fra­grant star-anise. Avail­able to buy on­line at Lyme Bay Win­ery (Tel: 01297 551355).

PORT STOUT

A rich stout is a great sea­sonal beer to en­joy this au­tumn. Han­lons Port Stout (rrp £2.40 per 500ml bot­tle or £3.90 per pint 4.8% abv) is an ex­cel­lent stout with a fruity twist. Han­lons Brew­ery in Half Moon Vil­lage has been brew­ing craft beer since 1995. With an Ir­ish her­itage and hum­ble be­gin­nings, John O’han­lon moved from Dublin to Lon­don and opened O’han­lons pub in Is­ling­ton. Tired of peo­ple ask­ing for Guin­ness, John started a brew­ery in a rail­way arch in Vaux­hall, with the aim of sup­ply­ing the pub.

The first beer was Port Stout, fondly nick­named ‘Corpse Re­viver’ in­spired by a sly Ir­ish bar­man from John’s youth who added a glass of port to his stout. In 2000, O’han­lons moved to Devon and the busi­ness was later bought by Dan Tay­lor and re­branded ‘Han­lons’ in De­cem­ber 2013. The multi-award-win­ning Port Stout re­cently won a Gold Award at the Taste of the West and Sil­ver at The Great Bri­tish Beer Fes­ti­val Cham­pion Beer of Bri­tain. It is brewed with a range of hops in­clud­ing Phoenix, Styr­ian and East Kent Gold­ings. Ruby port is added to boost the al­co­hol and pro­vide fruity sweet­ness. This smooth dark, ruby black and chest­nut coloured beer has aro­mas of roast malt and pumper­nickel, tast­ing richly of bit­ter choco­late and cof­fee along­side the vi­nous fruiti­ness of ruby port, with a mild smoky liquorice fin­ish.

En­joy this per­fect win­ter­warmer with sea­sonal Bri­tish fayre or creamy blue cheese, like Stil­ton. This ex­cel­lent sea­sonal stout cer­tainly packs a fruity punch! Find out more about Han­lons Brew­ery, near New­ton St Cyres (Tel: 01392 851160).

EM­PRESS

For a truly nat­u­ral and al­ter­na­tive soft drink then try an Em­press Juices - beet­root, ap­ple, or­ange and cin­na­mon pressed juice (rrp £2.50 per 250ml), which is great for au­tumn drink­ing.

Frus­trated with the plethora of sugar-laden soft drinks on of­fer in ev­ery café and shop she vis­ited, Emily Hughes started her busi­ness in Ot­ter­ton in 2015. She de­cided to launch a se­lec­tion of un­usual freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices made nat­u­rally with­out any re­fined sug­ars and full of good­ness.

Emily be­lieves pas­sion­ately in us­ing only the nat­u­ral­ly­oc­cur­ring sug­ars such as fruc­tose found in fruit and veg­eta­bles which are a healthy op­tion. Noth­ing is added to th­ese pure freshly pressed juices.

The beet­root com­bi­na­tion is a vi­brantly pink, au­tum­nal, blended juice which is de­light­fully bal­anced by bring­ing to­gether earthy beet­root with the sweet­ness and acid­ity of crisp ap­ples, along­side cit­rus notes from the or­ange, and a hint of cin­na­mon which gives a lovely, sub­tle, warm­ing and sea­sonal spice on the fin­ish.

This re­ally is a uniquely de­li­cious, re­fresh­ing and com­pletely nat­u­ral drink con­tain­ing only freshly pressed juice from fruit and veg­eta­bles. For more in­for­ma­tion about Em­press Juices con­tact Emily on (Tel: 07584 013711). Also avail­able from Green­dale Farm Shop and Darts Farm, near Top­sham. em­pressjuices.co.uk Re­becca@re­bec­ca­mwines.com

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Oc­to­ber is a time to en­joy sea­sonal au­tum­nal drinks, so RE­BECCA MITCHELL has se­lected this tasty au­tumn trio - a mulled wine, a rich stout, and an un­usual pressed juice

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