Thursday, 17 November 2011

Traditional mulled wine

Everyones winter favourite and so simple to make, choose this on a winters evening, Christmas eve wrapping presents is my preferred time, or when your putting the tree up.

Serves 4-5
1 bottle of full bodied red wine
1 vanilla pod
75g of caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
4 cloves
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, peel only (use a potato peeler to remove thick strands of the peel)

Add a good glass full of the wine to a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
Boil viciously until the wine has reduced by half.  This is really important to infuse the wine with all the flavours.
Add the rest of the wine, turn the heat off and leave for an hour or so to fully infuse.
This method ensures only a small amount of the alcohol in the wine is burnt off (in the initial infusion)
To serve warm gently, never boil.

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