As festive season is fast approaching and Santas worldwide are putting their hats on I feel the need (prompted by a couple of requests) to share a recipe for a delicious mulled wine with you out there, folks in need of warming up their cockles at this cold time of year. Even here in Cambodia the chill is in the air and I have had a couple of test runs just to make sure that the recipe still works, you just never know. It works.
Here it goes:
Grab a bottle of cheap(ish) red and empty the bottle in a large saucepan. If you have a few friends visiting add another bottle or two. To spice things up you will need a few cloves (say 8 per bottle), star aniseed (two per bottle), cinnamon stick(s), vanilla pod, raisins and most importantly a cubed apple. If you are adventurous, add a few peppercorns for some extra bite. Sliced orange also fits the bill as does nutmeg so feel free to add this. Those of weaker constitution may prefer to add some orange juice into the mix but let’s not become too soft here. I personally am quite generous with all spices as there is nothing better than the smell of cloves and aniseed filling the air. Other recipes (and I have explored a lot) suggest adding water (what?), brandy (better!) but your imagination is your limit and taste buds your best guides……. Admittedly it is a matter of a few test runs… oh too bad…
Mix and stir. Add sugar to taste, you may want to add just a little bit and let consumers add more if they need more sweetness in their lives. I have also experimented with brown sugar and/or honey – it works!
Mulled wine is a hot drink so the pot of goodness goes on the stove and you will gently bring it almost to the boil. Don’t boil, just keep hot, we don’t want the alcohol to evaporate! I find that it’s best if the ingredients soak in the wine for a little while before it gets heated. The second helping always tastes better (stronger) and after that there are no more helpings and you are no longer able to walk. The drunk apple and orange pieces are perfectly edible while you sip on this heavenly concoction but can also be harvested for later use in drunk apple pies, strudels or simply eaten cold the next morning replacing your morning cereal…. Just an idea….
So off you go and get creative and enjoy.
Happy Merry Christmas as we say here in Cambodia.
anna bella betts
Never still, always on the move, looking for the perfect capture... Cambodia is currently my home, presenting endless opportunities....
In this blog you will find no profound wisdom.
Just accounts of daily life, sometimes about photography, often about wine, occasionally about travel adventures and sometimes about nothing at all.