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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a glass of mulled wine, and my italian-inspired recipe is perfect with these Thomas J Fudge's Florentines

Italian Inspired Mulled Wine

A delicious warming drink, based on the Italian Vin Brûlé. It's Perfect for serving to guests at your next Christmas party, or to treat yourself while you're wrapping the Christmas presents!

Servings 6
Author Sally Akins

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 6 Cloves
  • Pinch of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 Orange
  • 6 tablespoons runny honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons brandy
  • Optional: 1 Orange to garnish

Instructions

  1. Scrub the orange under hot water to remove any wax coating from the skin.
  2. Pour the red wine into a medium saucepan and add the spices, honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel long wide strips of zest off half the orange. But be careful to avoid catching too much of the white pith, as that tastes bitter. Add the strips of zest and the juice of the orange to the saucepan.
  4. Warm the wine over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Make sure that the wine doesn't boil, as you will evaporate the alcohol. The surface of the wine should just 'shiver'.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove from the heat and pass the wine through a fine mesh sieve to remove all of the spices and zest.

Recipe Notes

You can either serve this immediately, or prepare ahead and reheat gently later. If you are serving the wine in individual glasses, then you could pop a thin slice of orange into each glass. If you are preparing a large pot for guests to help themselves from, then add the slices to the pot just before serving.