Preparing drinks over Christmas has now become very common and even though most of us spend Christmas with our family, organising drinks sometime before the 25th is a nice way of spending some time with your friends.
With cold winds blowing outside and the temperatures way down the thermometer its always nice to walk into a nice warm house and even nicer to be offered a nice warm drink. Mulled wine or Gluewien does that perfectly and in addition gives out a lovely spice scent to fill the house and help everyone get into a Christmas mood!
Even though you can find mulled wine in bottles now a days, this is really a no-brainer. Just choose a bottle of red wine which is not your best wine as the actually taste of the wine will be masked by the spices that you will be adding.
1 bottle red wine
1 whole orange studded with cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons sugar or artificial sweetener
Start off by making the studded orange. You can also use a clementine for this or a satsumi. Wash your citrus and pat it dry with a kitchen towel. Now take some whole cloves out of your little pot and start pushing them into an orange leave the top parts of the clove jutting out and creating a lovely pattern. You should be using about 8 to 10 cloves for a normal sized orange - less if the citrus is smaller.
Now for the mulled wine, place all the above ingredients in a saucepan. Once emptied - fill up the bottle of wine with water and add it to the saucepan. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved. Keep it barely simmering for about 10 minutes. All you need to do is dissolve the sugar and warm the liquid, it is important that the mixture does not boil since all the alcohol will evaporate. Pour everything into a punch bowl and ladle into your glasses.
You can also add a tot of Cherry Brandy or Grand Marnier to this recipe to add a little more alcohol.