Sometimes I pretend it’s snowing in Mumbai and when I open my window, I won’t find myself looking at the neighbour’s TV, but at snowflakes drifting magically all around. I pretend the air is cold cold cold and I need to wear fuzzy slippers and sit under a cozy blanket, sipping the beautiful, warm, spiced drink you see below.
This is why delusion is a good thing.
The one thing I do know is true, is that Christmas is pretty much here. Our tree is up, the air has actually gotten mildly, just mildly colder and the scent of orange zest is about as festive as it can get.
Easy to make and easier to drink, mulled wine is your ultimate poison this holiday 😀
I looked up a lot of mulled wine recipes and apparently everyone has their own version. With peel, with juice, with brandy, with lots of spices, with just a few spices, served in mugs, served in glasses. I liked this one and found myself tinkering around with the ingredients anyway. There’s lots of personal preferences about mulled wine. It’s kind of like, oh I don’t know, a cookie. Everyone likes it their own way 😀
The one thing I have to say about mulled wine, is you need to watch how much of what you put in. I added orange zest and a slice of orange, and then another for the photos. The result was a bit too sour, so I stirred in a bit more honey and it was perfect. Play around till you find what suits your taste buds.
Oh by the way, red and green wine glasses, just in case you forgot it’s Christmas time. My sister gifted us these for our first wedding anniversary 🙂
While I will always choose a glass of regular red wine over mulled wine, this amazing spiced hot drink is really nothing to underestimate 🙂
I’ve altered the recipe to what my taste buds liked and what I think I should have modified further. These proportions make two glasses.
What you’ll need:
2 glasses of red wine (I filled each of the glasses in these photos halfway, you could alternately pour in a half bottle)
2-inch piece of cinnamon
1 tsp fresh orange zest or a half-slice of orange
1 star anise
2 tbsps honey or sugar
What to do:
1. In a non-aluminium saucepan (which you’re sure doesn’t burn easily), on low heat, combine all the ingredients and bring to a simmer.
2. Continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. The aroma at this stage might drive you nuts!
3. Take off the heat and allow to cool for just a couple of minutes. Strain and pour into two glasses.
Serve warm, with an additional half-slice and spices of your choice, for decoration. And tell yourself it’s snowing outside 🙂