Like the growing fizz inside a bottle of champagne before the pop, it is the run-up to the Christmas that holds all the excitement and merry making. Festivities grip the air with the chill of the incoming winter and what an experience it is to immerse in the flowing crowd of Christmas revelers.
Christmas Mull Overs Over Some Mulled Wine
It's the season of (Homemade) Mulled Wine, Mittens & Merry Making🍷💃🏻❄️ #festiveseason #merrymaking #mittens #mulledwine #homemade #foodporn #foodphotography #foodblogger #homecooking #photooftheday #love #festival #christmas #holidayseason #partyseason #goodtimes #favouritetimeofyear #yearend #christmas #weekendfun #weekend #saturday #myview #winter #forahappymoment #littlepleasures
Either out in the cold in the magical Christmas Markets or right in your comfy couch snuggling all evening – you have to look for alternatives to keep you warm during this season. No chance for tea or coffee or hot chocolates, because the Christmas fun is indispensable without some mulled wine to keep you warm from within. This is when the fizz stays in the air and you get to feel the buzz in your head. Instead of settling for a glass of it at an outdoor outlet, we thought to make the most of the weekend to throw some spice of the merry-making into some fine wine, drenched with handsome burst of citrus and prepare our own home-made mulled wine to mull over the joyous phase of the year.
Ingredients I Used:
5-6 whole cloves
2 (750mL) bottles red wine
1 lemon, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brandy
Lets make now
Step one: Preheat oven to 375-degrees F/180 degrees C.
Step two: Using a sharp knife or skewer, poke holes in orange and “stud” with whole cloves. Place studded orange on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 375-degrees F/180 degrees C.
Step three: Meanwhile, add wine, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, raisins, and sugar to a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-low heat.
Step four: Add baked orange when it’s ready. Bring all to a simmer; simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce to heat to low and keep beverage warm until ready to serve.
Step five: A few minutes before ready to serve, remove the cinnamon sticks and stir in brandy.
Serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and/or orange slices.
Note: Good red wines to use Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Frac, Malbec, Meritage.
Dried cherries or cranberries may be substituted for raisins, or add for additional flavor.