17 December 2010

Winter Warmer

Mulled Wine Recipe

Ingredients

• 2 clementines
• peel of 1 lemon
• peel of 1 lime
• 250g caster sugar
• 6 whole cloves
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 3 fresh bay leaves
• 1 whole nutmeg
• 1 whole vanilla pod, halved
• 2 star anise
• 2 bottles of Chianti, or other Italian red wine

Method

Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime 
Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat
Add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice
Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg
Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar
Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil
Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup
The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine
It’s important to do make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol
When your syrup is ready turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and both bottles of wine. 
Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve

Or 
Pop down to Asda
Twist the top 
Pour into pan 
Heat 
Grab a straw

Outcome


Thanks Jamie Oliver
Merry Christmas!

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