King's Ginger Mulled Punch

It may not get made on these shores, but it was created for one of our monarchs by his "local", Berry Bros & Rudd. The Royal Physician had put in a request for something enlivening for King Edward VII as he dashed about town in his new “horseless carriage”, a Daimler.

The Kings GingerSeriously gingery, there’s a zest and  a bite to this liqueur. Out of the many cocktail manifestations, my favourite is brand ambassador Scott Wallace’s own creation. It takes a bit of time, but then don’t all good things?

Take 1 bottle of red wine and 250ml Kings Ginger, add 4 heaped tablespoons of caster sugar, the zest of 2 lemons plus the flesh of 1 of them, 1 orange zested, a stick of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a star anise.

Simmer over a low heat for 3 hours, before double straining with a fine sieve, and voila! Here's to your good health.

The Kings Ginger, £22/50 cl, 41%, Berry Bros & Rudd & other discerning drinks emporiums.