Approx cost: €2.50
Approx calories (per glass): ~200
Approx preparation and cooking time: ~15 minutes
As Christmas is now almost upon us I’m sure many of you are starting to reach “critical mass” in terms of stress regarding things that have to be taken care of over the next couple of days. Luckily for me, I’m not. We’ve done all our Christmas entertaining already – several pre-Christmas parties for friends – and believe me, I’ve had enough Christmas food to last me until Christmas 2015.
I don’t know what we’ll end up eating on the 24th/25th right now (as an update to this, now we do! Steak on Christmas Eve, and a lovely turkey roll inspired by Karen here for Christmas day, yay!), but with the way I’m feeling right now, I’d be pretty darn pleased if it was a nice, light salad! For those of you who have yet to have the big event with family and friends on the 24th/25th, I feel your pain, so this post is for you.
It’s pretty hard not to love mulled wine – spicy, hot, sweet wine. Sitting around the Christmas tree, enjoying a glass of this with friends – you can’t really get more festive than this (add a bit of snow into the mix too though!) though from looking around on the internet people go to all manner of bizarre lengths to prepare this drink – you can even buy over-priced spice kits from your local supermarket – when the reality is, it couldn’t be cheaper or easier. The whole drink takes about 15 minutes to make – most of this time is heating, so preparation time is actually more like 2 minutes. A perfect thing to put on the stove just before your guests show up to fill the home with the lovely aroma of warming cinnamon, and maybe sneak a glass before they arrive to sit down for five minutes with yourself! You can use any old bottle of cheap plonk – no need to use a special wine, and indeed, that bottle of 68 Latour you have saved in your wine-cellar…? I strongly recommend not using it for this (and actually sending it to me instead). Instructions for turning this into a Swedish version (adding almonds and raisins) are included in the final step, for those interested Have a great day everyone!
- 1 bottle of cheap Red Wine
- ~6 tbsps Demerara Sugar (adjust depending on personal preferences)
- 2 Clementines
- 1/3 of a Lemon
- 6-8 Cloves
- 3 Green Cardamom Pods
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- Wash and dry the lemon piece and clementines. Cut the clementines in half and place with the lemon piece, sugar, cloves and cinnamon into a pan. Press down on the cardamom pods with the blunt side of a knife, just to crack them open slightly, and then add them in too. Pour the wine over the sugar and place onto a low heat on the stove, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- Leave the pan on a gently heat until the wine is just starting to steam inside. Test to see if it’s warm and sweet enough for your tastes before serving into heat-proof glasses. You may want to pour through a strainer, just to ensure no errant cloves find their way into your wine. For a Swedish version of the drink, add chopped almonds and raisins into the bottom of the glass before pouring in the wine, and then enjoy the fruit and nuts at the end, all warm and plump with wine. Enjoy