Bonfire night?  I hear all my overseas customers saying.  What the heck is that?  Well let me tell you all about it!

Bonfire night takes place on 5th November every year in the UK.  It is a celebration of a failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.  Otherwise known as Guy Fawkes night or The Gunpowder Plot, it marks the plot by English Catholic’s to kill the Protestant King James I.  A man called Guy Fawkes, one of the plot-ees, was caught on 5th November 1605 with a huge amount of gunpowder placed beneath the House of Lords, in The Houses of Parliament.  Fawkes fate was sealed, he was tortured, forced to confess his crimes and then met a grisly end along with his co-conspirators.  For the next few days around the country bonfires were lit to celebrate the foiled plan and rejoice that the Protestant King was still alive.  Hence forth on 5th November every year since, the English people celebrated the failed plan by lighting Bonfires.  Somewhere along the times of history, effigy’s of Guy Fawkes were also bunt on the bonfires and fireworks were added.  I can only imagine the fireworks are meant to symbolise what would have been the Houses of Parliament being blown to smithereens.

Nowadays Bonfire Night is just an excuse for us Brits to gather around a bonfire on a chilly Autumnal evening, enjoy some fireworks and eat drink and be merry – and us Brits do so love a nice drink.  So if you are celebrating on the 5th November, here is an excellent warming drink that I can recommend.

Hot Mulled Cider

Hot Mulled Cider

Hot Mulled Cider – Serves 4

4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 clemantine, sliced into wedges, spiked with 8 cloves
1 lemon, sliced into wedges, spiked with 8 cloves
100ml whisky
100ml Cointreau
3tbsp clear honey
1litre cider
4 cinnamon sticks
Freshly grated nutmeg to garnish

Heat all the ingredients over a low heat until heated through.
Pour into heat proof glasses (something like a latte or coffee glass).
Put a wedge of clementine and lemon into each glass and a cinnamon stick to garnish then grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
Enjoy!  For more cocktail and drinks recipes as well as this one CLICK HERE.

This drink is sure to keep you warmed through as these Fall evenings draw in, but if you need a little extra help keeping warm then you must treat yourself to this little number:

Bettie Reversible Bed Jacket and Peach Bettie Nightgown

Bettie Reversible Bed Jacket and Peach Bettie Nightgown

This cute and warm little bed jacket is SO versatile, you are technically getting two jackets for the price of one.  Wear the fleece next to your skin to keep extra warm, or wear on the outside to show off the beautiful floral print.  Teamed with the Peach Bettie Nightgown, not only will you look fabulous this Autumn, you will keep stylish and toasty warm!  Can’t you just imagine reclining on your chaise longue, with a hot mulled cider in your hand ;).  Click HERE to buy your own slice of Autumnal sophistication.

“Remember, remember the 5th November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.”

Lots of Love
Betty xxx