Cosy up this season with a tumbler of aromatic spicy mulled wine to ward off the winter chills.
Mulled wine is a timeless, easy-to-make warm beverage whether you’re on the couch in your ugg boots or wanting to impress dinner guests.
Jueyenne Staltari from Pasadena’s Spicebar says a starter spice base for mulled wine includes cloves, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.
“We have all those basic warm spices which you definitely need and some people also like adding cardamom or ginger and honey,” she says.
“Add red wine, some people add a dash of rum or brandy and a spiral of orange rind and it’s such a delicious drink on a cold night.” Jueyenne says she recommends buying smaller amounts of spice and more often.
“If someone wants just 10g of a particular spice, they can have it, that’s the whole premise, that you buy what you need and you don’t have to waste anything.
EASY MULLED WINE RECIPE
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 2 star anise
• 1 green cardamom pod (cracked open)
• 1 whole nutmeg
• 1 slice fresh ginger
• 1 orange
• 1 bottle red wine (or you can use white)
• 2 tblsp sugar
• Add a dash of brandy (optional)
- Zest the orange and then juice it. Add zest and juice and all of the other ingredients to a large pot or a slow-cooker.
- Heat until steaming hot but do not let it boil.
- Let the mulled wine simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
- Garnish each glass with orange rind and a cinnamon stick.