If you’re planning your Christmas present shopping, Wares of Knutsford should be able to help you out. Kilner’s blue jar mugs make great gifts for young and old and have a number of uses.
Blue jar mugs by Kilner
The 500ml blue jam jar glasses by Kilner make an interesting and unusual way to serve drinks from summer cocktails and refreshing iced tea to rich, wintery hot chocolate. The jars are sold in packs of three, six or 12 without lids, but Kilner’s standard flower lids fit the jars perfectly and are also available at Wares of Knutsford.
The chunky blue glass comes in the style of the famous Kilner jars, with an embossed logo on the front and a sturdy handle on the side. The jars are also available in clear glass, pink or green.
Using blue jar mugs
You don’t have to use the blue jam jar glasses for drinking – they make great storage containers for rooms where your bits and pieces have to be on visible display but still neatly and attractively arranged. They also make great little vases for simple posies, particularly for white blooms.
However, with Christmas coming up they are a great way of serving traditional mulled wine on a cold day, as the glass lets you see the garnishes floating in the wine!
Traditional mulled wine
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 200g caster sugar
- 6 cloves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
- 2 star anise
- 2 bottles good red wine
Separate large pieces of peel from your fruit and add to a large saucepan with the sugar and the juice of the oranges. Add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, a good grating of nutmeg, a vanilla pod half and just enough of the wine to cover the mixture. Stir well and simmer until the sugar has dissolved completely, then turn up the heat and bring to a rolling boil for about five minutes to make a thick, syrupy consistency. This creates a really rich, spicy flavour base without burning off the alcohol in the rest of the wine.
Reduce the heat, add the remaining wine and the star anise and heat gently for about five minutes.
To serve, ladle into blue jar glasses and garnish with lemon and lime slices, cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks.