Whether or not Christmas is your thing, it’s hard to resist a hot glass of mulled wine, especially in this chilly weather. Mulled wine is great for sharing with friends or family, or as I like to do sometimes, have a glass while in bed watching a movie. It helps me keep warm and sleep better.
Mulled wine is a traditional alcoholic Christmas drink which is easy to make and also very enjoyable. It is served hot, and it is by far the easiest way to survive the winter. It is very rarely served in wine glasses, as one runs the risk of cracking them because of the high temperature. Instead it is usually served in thicker tumbler glasses or chunky mugs.
Do not bother buying expensive bottles of wine for this recipe, you can use the cheaper kind. The spices and orange can work their magical goodness on anything. I am constantly making mulled wine throughout the winter, and not even a sip was ever left in the bottle. Even a couple of my friends who are not really fans of wine find this recipe easy to drink as it is quite sweet.
750 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2 cup sugar (You can use brown sugar if you prefer)
Juice from a whole orange
2 table spoons orange zest
1/2 teaspoon aniseed
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
Pour the wine into a deep pan, and add orange juice and sugar.
On a small square piece of thin cloth, put aniseed, zest, cloves and cinnamon, and tie with a clean string.
Place it in the wine mixture.
Heat while covered until boiling.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Pass through a sieve to have a smooth drink.
Serve with a small slice of orange.
Now put on your coziest jumper, pour yourself a glass and enjoy.