I long for that time of year again where I can breathe in the delicate aromas of mulled wine wafting through the house. But don’t be fooled: it’s not just an indoors drink, and there is something so utterly luxurious about warming your hands around a glass of mulled wine, wrapping yourself up in a blanket, and sitting in a beautiful scenic spot of the countryside.
Below is a recipe I have adapted slightly from Jamie Oliver’s website. It’s not only delicious, but deliciously alcoholic…
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 2 limes
- 200 g caster sugar
- 15 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 3 peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 2 bottles red wine (Chianti works well)
- 2 tablespoons of rum (or even better, fruit liqueur).
- First of all, stick one of the oranges with all the cloves and put to the side.
- Peel sections of the remaining orange, lemon, and limes and put them in the pan, together with the juice of the peeled orange, the sugar, and a tiny bit of the red wine to coat. Simmer and reduce until it is a thick syrup, and the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, peppercorns and clove studded orange to the pan, along with the Chianti. Put on a medium low heat, and wait until the wine is steaming. Then add the rum to taste, and pour into your thermos!