It’s that time of the year guys! There are several signs to know it’s Christmas time but for me, the most relevant are:
- John Lewis launching its Christmas advert.
- Everything you see around you has sequins and glitter on.
- Your neighbours are competing for the best Christmas light show (mine neighbours started before Halloween, I swear.)
- You’re driving and all of a sudden Mariah Carey plays All I want for Christmas is you. (hum, actually, I’m not sure about this one because I haven’t driven for five weeks! #lockdown 2.0).
- It’s freezing cold but nobody complains. Actually, people would love to snow, including myself, even knowing that it causes a huge disruption (both in England and Spain are not prepared for snow)
- You walk into a pub and smell a fragrant that reminds you of Christmas. (Sigh) it’s mulled wine. Such a lovely time of the year isn’t it?! *
*But since this year is being so strange and not everyone wants to go to pubs, I thought of sharing this super easy mulled wine to make at home!
I have to say that mulled wine was a new-to-me drink in 2018 when I discovered it in the cosiest pub I could dream of here in England. I quickly fell in love with this warm sweet wine and I wondered why I hadn’t tried it before. For some reason, I never came across this seasonal drink in Barcelona, or I just didn’t pay attention to it. I asked how it was made and promised myself I would make it someday soon!.
Orange-Scented Mulled Wine
- 1 bottle red wine
- 60 g demerara sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- 2 star anise
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 blood orange sliced
- Put the wine in a large saucepan with the oranges, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise.
- Cook the mulled wine on medium-high heat until it just reaches a simmer. (Avoid letting it bubble).
- Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for 20 minutes. Using a mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Add more sugar to taste.
- Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs, and enjoy!