As soon as the clocks go back in October and the nights start getting dark I begin craving mulled wine. This always signals the beginning of hibernation for me, where I like nothing more than curling up on the sofa with some wine and a film. This then soon turns into mulled wine with a mince pie, then with the Christmas tree lights on and you can see how it all develops into a big glitter, fairy light, mulled wine and mince pie fest and for this I will not apologise. I would, however, say that I do get excited by Christmas a little early, again I am not going to apologise as Christmas comes only once a year after all and I feel we might as well milk it for all it is worth. My friend, Mary, loves mulled wine as much as I do but this year she is pregnant (hooray!) and therefore mulled alcohol is not really an option. So I began thinking how you could enjoy the warmth of a mulled wine without the alcohol, I also have a few Muslim friends who I feel need to get involved with the warm spiced drink (other than chai obviously). So here it is mulled apple juice – a take on mulled cider but pregnant, Muslim and children friendly.