3 seasonal red apples
6 cups water
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
6 whole cloves
1 piece star anise
1 tsp orange blossom water
1 rounded tbsp honey
Chilled vodka, to taste
Slice the apples and oranges in quarters, then in half, keeping the peels on. Place in a large saucepan with the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and water.
Bring the mixture to the boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until the apples and oranges are very tender. Stir in the honey and orange blossom water, then remove from the heat and let steep until it reaches room temperature.
Strain through a fine sieve, mashing the cooked fruit to extract as as much juice as possible. Pour into a pitcher and place in the fridge to cool. When ready to serve, add ice and vodka, to taste. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or fresh apple slices.
Audio pairing: Disclosure f/ Sam Smith, “Latch”