While we love an Aussie Summer Christmas, there is something about the Winter that makes us crave the festivity and traditions of the northern hemisphere's Christmas season, and yearn for those warming festive spices on our palate. So, we have two words for you: Mulled Wine. You can thank us later!
2 x large oranges
4 cups of red wine
1 cup of brandy
1/4-1/2 cup of dark brown sugar (adjust to taste)
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods, lightly bruised
1 star anise
A dash of freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Use a peeler to aesthetically remove strips of orange peel from one of the oranges, and set them aside. Juice the orange.
Slice the second orange into rounds and set aside to use as garnish later.
In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the orange peel, orange juice and other remaining ingredients. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then, increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once you have reach a boil, decrease the heat to low and allow the mixture to slowly simmer, uncovered for up to 30 minutes until the flavours are harmoniously blended.
Strain the mixture, and throw away the peel and spices.
Ladle into your favourite cups or mugs, and garnish each with a slice of orange.
Red wine: Use your favourite drinking wine
Brandy: If you don't like brandy, you could substitute for Grand Marnier (for more of an orangey kick), sherry (we love Pedro Xímenez it lends a rich sweetness), and we have even used a pear liqueur before which tasted amazeballs.
Fruit: Apple slices taste amazing in this drink as well.
Serving suggestion: This is not a fancy drink to be served in crystal glassware. It is a cosy drink, best served in a cup or mug with a handle, that can be hugged as you cosy up in front of an open fire.
Check out our range of cosy mugs that are just PERFECT for this warming beverage.