Mulled Wine with a Hit
1x 750ml bottle of fruity red wine, Malbec or Valpolicella usually makes a good one
1 x sliced orange or clementine alternatively dried sliced orange
1 x cinnamon stick
1 x star anise
4 x cloves
1 x Bay leaf
5 x Black peppercorns
70 ml slug of good brandy
Brown Sugar (amount will depend on your level of sweet tooth)
Serves up to 6 people with one glass (125ml) or if you are greedy don’t share it with anyone.
Method (very simple):
- Take the wine and pour into a big saucepan, add everything to the pot (except the Brandy). Heat very gently until it comes to a simmer, then turn off to cool and infuse. (DO NOT BOIL OR YOU WILL LOSE THAT PRECIOUS ALCOHOL!)
- When cooled carefully taste for your sweetness, if you need to add mores sugar do it now so it dissolves quickly. Then pass the ingredients through a sieve, stir in the Brandy. If you need to warm up again do it gently and then pour into heatproof mugs, serve with a slice of orange in the glass.