This apple-based Mulled Gin & Tonic is easy to pull together and makes a wonderful Christmassy hot drink to serve to a crowd.
Non-drinkers can enjoy the mulled apple juice just as it is.
Bash the cinnamon stick a few times using a pestle and mortar and drop into a medium saucepan
Poke the cloves into the clementine and add to the pan
Tap the allspice berries to just split them and add to the pan along with all remaining ingredients
Put the lid on the pan and heat to almost boiling, then turn off the heat and leave to infuse for at least 1 hour
Strain through a fine-meshed sieve, decant into a screwtop bottle and refrigerate until required (keeps for up to 5 days)
Gently reheat sufficient mulled apple juice in a pan until hot but not boiling
Pour the gin and the tonic syrup into a heatproof glass and top with the hot apple juice
Garnish with cranberries, star anise and a cinnamon stick