Winter Mulled Wine
Right now, as the last vestiges of the day slip away and before night descends, right now is a good time for a glass of wine. You don’t have to spend a lot to get it right. And as the weather is getting chillier, why not make up some mulled wine? It's perfect for a cozy night in!
Mulled Wine Recipe (Adapted from BBC Food)
- 1 large orange
- 3 lemons
- 12 cloves
- 4 pods cardamom
- 2 satsumas or clementines
- 2 x 750ml bottles red wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup caster sugar (optional)
- brandy, to taste (optional)
Carefully peel the zest very thinly from the orange and lemons using a vegetable peeler. Squeeze out the juice and reserve.
Stick the cloves into the satsumas.
Pour the wine, 1.2 litres/2 pints of cold water, and the citrus peel and juices into a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add the clove-studded satsumas, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture just to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover the pan with the lid, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour. Stir in the sugar gradually during cooking, until the mulled wine is sweetened to your liking (you may not need all of the sugar).
Strain the mulled wine and serve hot in cups.