Mulled wine: a perfect midwinter drink

While summer is reigning in the northern hemisphere, it has been somewhat colder here in the south. To liven things up a little and draw our friends from their homes, we hosted a midwinter dinner. A last minute (but very welcome) addition was mulled wine. My recipe is closer to the German glühwein than the traditional British mulled wine, and has always been received very favourably.

·  1 orange, sliced

·  Lemon peel

·  2 tablespoons of caster sugar (more to taste)

·  6 whole cloves

·  1 stick cinnamon

·  1 tsp dried juniper berries

·  Spiced rum (to taste, I use about a tbsp)

·  1 vanilla pod / 1 tsp pure vanilla essence

·  2 star anise

·  1 bottle red wine

Gently heat the wine in a saucepan with the all of the ingredients apart from the rum. Leave on a low heat for about 15 minutes, but don’t allow to boil. Add the rum, and more sugar if needed.

If it tastes a bit acidic add a pinch of baking soda – more sugar or honey won’t help!

Strain and serve warm.

Image credit: Just add wine by Powder Photography

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