It is Friday and I got home early. I was planning to have a chilled movie night – you know, the kind of night where you will have a list of 2-3 movies to watch in the company of yummy pizza and plenty of wine (oh, and don’t forget the candles).
I have always liked mulled wine, and every time I have it, I can't have just one glass. So, my movie Friday night seemed to be a good night to have (let's say) a few glasses of mulled wine.
The kind I like is the sweet and very spicy mulled wine. The kind where you can still taste the alcohol and you can feel the nice peppery-hot sensation tingling down as you sip it.
• 1 bottle of good quality Merlot
• 3 cups of apple cider
• 2 oranges, juiced
• 1 apple, sliced
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 3 star anise
• 4 cloves
• 1 teaspoon of whole peppercorns
• 1/4 cup of honey
- Place all ingredients except the wine in a medium sized pot. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-low heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the apples, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and peppercorn. Pour the bottle of wine and stir.
- Divide between the glasses and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and an anise star, if desired.
TIP: The mixture (without the wine) could be done up to a day ahead. Keep in the refrigerator and when ready to enjoy, pour the wine and gently warm up.