Friday, December 22, 2006

Mulled wine anyone?

We'll be having mulled wine and mince pies round my dd's on Christmas eve after church. If anyone fancies hving a go at making some for themselves, here's an easy recipe for ya :-)

1 bottle red wine
60g/2oz demerara sugar
a cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
1 orange and lemon, halved
1 dried bay leaf
Splash of sloe gin (optional but adds a great kick! Or some people prefer to add Brandy)

1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Do not allow it to boil or it will spoil!
Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
3. Off the heat, stir in the sloe gin if you are using it.
4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

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A nice idea is to hang a little candy cane from the cup - I do it just coz it looks festive, but some people like the to dip it in as the peppermint adds taste to the wine.

Enjoy, my friends!

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