Stollen sour

Stollen sour

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins plus soaking and cooling

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Makes 4

Sweet and sophisticated, this spiced cocktail with amaretto and madeira makes a perfect Christmas party drink, topped with a festive dried fruit cocktail stick

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per glass

  • kcal259
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.8g


  • 8 sultanas
  • 1 dried apricot, quartered
  • 4 cocktail cherries



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 4 dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange liqueur
  • 150ml amaretto
  • 100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 75ml madeira
  • crushed ice

For the spiced syrup

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • thick strip pared orange zest
  • thick strip pared lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • good grating of nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

You will need

  • 4 cocktail sticks


  1. First, make the spiced syrup. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently until boiling, then turn the heat off and allow to cool. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and chill until needed. Can be made 1 week ahead.

  2. While the syrup is cooling, tip the sultanas, apricot, cherries and cranberries into a small bowl and add the orange liqueur. Leave to steep for around 30 mins (or up to 24 hrs).

  3. When you’re ready to serve, take 4 cocktail sticks and thread 2 sultanas, a piece of dried apricot, a cherry and cranberry onto each one. Fill 4 tumblers with crushed ice.

  4. Pour the amaretto, lemon juice, madeira and 50ml of the spiced syrup into a cocktail shaker (along with any leftover orange liqueur) with a handful of ice. Shake well until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels cold, then strain into the prepared glasses. Add the dried fruit cocktail sticks and serve immediately.

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17th Jun, 2017
I was really looking forward to this but it was way too sweet for me. Bit disappointing but I should have expected it with what was in it!
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