If, like me, you find yourself with plenty of baking, decorating, shopping and wrapping to do, a fabulous way to stay festive while you check off your Christmas List is by brewing up stove-top-pots of mulled wine to sip on during holiday activities!
Mulled wine with its spicy and citrus flavours, filling your house with the smells of the season, makes for a great beverage for parties or to share with a loved one on a cold night.
Pop some in a thermos and take a walk in the snow (I won't tell!) or cuddle up with some by the fire, with your wrapping and some carols on the stereo.
This drink will warm you to your toes and have you thinking "Christmas"
Here's how you make your own mulled wine at home
- One bottle of Red Wine (or two!)
- One Orange (The peel and the juice)
- One Lemon (The peel and the juice)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves (or fresh if you've got them!)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla
- 2 oz triple sec liqueur
- nutmeg (fresh or powdered) to taste
1) In a pot over medium-low heat, add 1 cup of wine, your citrus peels and juice, all spices and your triple sec, warming through and letting the spices meld, about 5 minutes.
2) Increase heat and bring to a boil, let boil for 1-2 minutes then reduce heat down to medium-low.
3) Add in remaining wine, stirring frequently. Let the spiced mixture mix well with the wine and warm through (you'll want it hot but not so hot it burns your tongue!). Season to taste and serve hot!
Keep the wine simmering on the stove while you enjoy your first glass. If you want to skim out the bay leaves, cinnamon and peel you can, but I like to leave them in the pot for fragrance!