You might judge me for this, but I don’t think Christmas is Christmas if there’s no alcohol. But that doesn’t mean you can plonk a Strongbow in front of me and assume I’ll get in the spirit (of anything, if we’re being honest). The drink has to be specific, and nothing is more Christmassy than mulled wine.
You can usually head out to the shop and pick up a pre made bottle of mulled wine that can just be tipped into a cup and microwaved. But where’s the fun in that? Mulled wine is surprisingly easy to make, with items you most likely already have in your food cupboard. Not only is it simple, it’s fun to make, involves minimal mess, can be made en masse and fills your home with lovely, spicy, Christmassy scent. It’s super warming, and a great drink for both parties and a cosy night in!
Not much of a wine drinker? You should still give this a try! I’m not a red wine person, but I can never get enough if it’s been lightly heated and flavoured with spices. The alcoholic taste is softened and the strong wine taste is edged out by the spices. It really is perfect for those colder, winter evenings!
- Bottle Red Wine (I use Shiraz)
- 60g Demerara Sugar
- ½ Orange
- 1x Cinnamon Stick
- 1x Bay Leaf
- A sprinkle of Nutmeg
Add all items to a saucepan and heat gently on a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally until all of the sugar has dissolved. Continue to heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling. DO NOT ALLOW THE WINE TO BOIL. Once desired temperature has been reached, remove from heat. Ladle your wine into a heat-proof glass, and enjoy!
It really is that easy! No fuss, tastes great and will keep you warm on a cold December evening (or November lunch time, as was the case when I made this for photographic purposes. The things we bloggers do…)
What are your favourite Christmas drinks?
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