I know, my berry never really has the right temperature for mulled mulled wine. But I think in December it looks so good on me. I love this recipe. It’s delicious and so suitable for Christmas that you just have to include it in your Christmas menu. It smells of good news, love, peace and all that Christmas stands for. It also reminds me of London and the Christmas carols in the streets. I know it’s easier to just serve red wine when you have a crowd of people in your house and you’re cooking and being a hostess. But with that, it’s just a little more special.
2 oranges, peeled and squeezed (use peels for zest)
Half a cup of demerara sugar
1 cup of water
1 vanilla pod
3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp. chilli, ground
2 teaspoons of grated nutmeg
1 bottle of full-bodied red wine
Half a cup of cognac
1 lemon, peeled
In a non-stick saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.
Add the zest and juice of the two oranges.
Add the vanilla bean, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, all the spices and grated nutmeg.
Bring to a boil.
After about 25 minutes, add about half a cup of wine
Simmer an additional 20 minutes for a syrupy consistency, infused with all the flavors.
Add the remaining wine and brandy and gently bring to a boil for about 2 minutes.
Do not overheat as the alcohol will evaporate.
Pour into glasses and serve hot
You can also add seasonal fruits to mulled mulled wine. Let the preparation sit for 15 min.
Always serve hot, but do not reheat.
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Excerpt from “From My Kitchen To Yours” by Maria Goretti, courtesy Om Books International. The snippet has been edited slightly for style.