Incredibly easy to make (and even easier to drink) a soothing mug of mulled wine, fresh from the stove, is a firm festive favourite of ours.
Infused with a blend of Christmassy spices, fragrant cinnamon and cloves, it's the perfect beverage to warm yourself up with over the Christmas period.
Here's a classic recipe from the Flourishing Foodie...
"Choose a wine that you like, preferably one that's not too sweet, and won't break the bank. Don't crack out the Chianti reserve that you've been saving for years, the flavors will come from the spices!"
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 bottle red wine (750ml) merlot
1/4 cup brandy
3 cups unsweetened apple cider
1/4 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
1 tsp cloves
3 star anise
1 cup chopped citrus (oranges, tangerines, kumquats, lemons, or limes)
M E T H O D
In a large pot on low-medium heat, bring the wine, brandy, apple cider, and honey to a low boil.
Add the cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves, and star anise. Turn down the temperature to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Just before serving add the chopped citrus. Mulled wine can be left on the stove to heat for many hours, or can be stored in the fridge and reheated the next day.
Best served with a platter of cheese, looking out over a snowy valley of rolling mountains...
Recipe by Flourishing Foodie.