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Recipe courtesy of Choclette at Tin and Thyme: This is a twist on the classic Whisky Mac rather than a tribute to the IT giant. The water of life combined with the fruit of the tree of knowledge spiced up with some warming ginger makes for the perfect Christmas cocktail. Simple to knock up for a festive crowd and with an easy-going nature, it’s just what’s needed as a pre-dinner drink on the big day. Children apart, it’s an inclusive recipe as the ingredients are all vegan. Apples are a very British fruit and have been particularly abundant this year. Use a good pressed variety such as cox or russet and make sure your apple slices are of a similar quality. The whisky ginger soaked slice of apple is like the icing on the cake, a delightful sweet and spicy treat. Don’t waste it. The Apple Mac is also good served over ice. Just multiply the recipe as required.

Ingredients & Method

45ml Scotch whisky, 55 ml pressed apple juice, 20 ml Stone’s ginger wine, Ice cubes, Slice of apple, cut crossways

Combine all ingredients, except for the apple slice and give a good shake. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a glass jar with a well fitting lid instead. Strain into a martini or bowl shaped glass. Float the apple slice on top, and you're good to go!