As the winter hits in full blast later this week, one of our favorite ways of keeping warm is to wrap myself in a cozy blanket while sipping on a cup of Mulled Wine.
Mulled wine is a hot wine beverage made with mulling spices - or a variety of spices used for beverages.
Here is our favorite recipe:
200 grams brown sugar
1 TBLS cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 bottles red wine
Peel the clementine and the lemon into large bits of peel, and add them together with the brown sugar into a large saucepan, and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and nutmeg and stir in just enough wine to cover the mix. Simmer until all the sugar is dissolved and then bring to boil, and continue at a boil until it forms a syrup.
(it is important to use this small amount of wine here because boiling the wine will burn off the alcohol and if you use all the wine at this point, the final drink would be less fun!)
This will form a good thick base while allowing all the sugar and spices to blend with the wine.
Once the syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low, and add the rest of the wine. Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes, and then serve.
If you are entertaining, you can add lemon wheels and cinnamon sticks to the glass as a garnish.
Approx. servings - 10
If you have any questions or want suggestions on which wines to use, drop by our store in Kfar Etzion, or call us.
Your Wine Specialists,
Eli & Ma'ayan