A tasty tart? Check! Festive flavored cookies? Check. Now all we need is something to help wash it all down with! To round out our series with British food writer Skye McAlpine, she shares a mulled wine recipe that is guaranteed to make your holiday season merry! (PS. click the links in the pic above to shop the look!)
“There is a Christmas market in Venice – it’s a small affair with a few higgledy piggledy stands, selling all manner of things from salami to Sicilian cheeses to heaps of sweet marzipan fruits. One of the stands – which is there, without fail year on year – sells mulled wine, and over time, an important part of our holiday ritual has become sipping hot wine from a plastic cup, on a cold, foggy December afternoon. For the times when I make mulled wine at home, this is the recipe I use. It calls for clementines, which I like because I think it adds a sweet touch to the wine. You could, of course, just as well use plain or blood orange instead. Likewise, add spices as you please.”
Mulled Wine Recipe
Ingredients (Serves 6):
100g caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2cm chunk of fresh ginger
2 star anise
1 x 750ml bottle of red wine
1. Peel the lemon and one of the clementines (save the second one for a little later), then toss the chunks of peel into a medium sized saucepan with the sugar. Squeeze in the juice of the peeled clementine, pour in just enough of the red wine to cover the sugar, then add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and chunk of ginger, and set over a medium heat.
2. Let the alcohol simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved and then bring to the boil. Leave it to bubble away for about 5 minutes or so, until you have a lovely thick, ruby red syrup. Then turn down the heat, add the star anise, cut the second tangerine in half and toss the two halves in as is, pour in the rest of the bottle of wine and the drizzle of whisky. Give everything a good stir and gently heat until nicely warmed through (about 5 mins or so) before serving.
Skye McAlpine is a writer, romantic, home cook and the brainchild behind the food blog From My Dining Table. She’s a British native who splits her time between London and Venice. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.