Hot, red and fruity!

Monday, 27 July 2009
With these cold winter days, the worst thing against trying to keep warm is having a cold drink with ice. I personally can’t drink anything without ice unless its been sitting in the freezer. Either way, I always end up feeling like the bottle of wine in the deep-freeze- icy!

So what’s the perfect thing to keep you warm? Gluvine of course! Commonly called Mulled wine.

This drink is spicey, fruity and above all, hot!



Serves 8

  • 3 large oranges
  • 8 cardamom pods (dry can be used as an alternative)
  • 12 whole clove
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
  • 2 bottles fruity red wine
  • 1 cup sugar organic brown sugar (light brown not the dark one)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 tablespoons of ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of mixed spice
  • 4 star anise


With a fine grater, zest, then juice 2 oranges. Cut the third into slices.
With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to bruise them.
In a large pot (not aluminium), combine zest, juice, orange slices, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, wine, sugar, spices, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low; simmer until flavours have melded, about 30 minutes.
Pour through a fine-mesh sieve; garnish with cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve immediately.

PS. Make sure you have glasses that can stand the heat and be super careful when serving, you don’t want to spill red wine on your white Eskimo boots!



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