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Spiced warm cocktails to the rescue!
We are absolutely in love with mulled wine right now – it’s the perfect winter warmer, and goes down a treat for Christmas in July. As the cold nights draw in, nothing beats a hot glass of mulled wine by the fire. If you’re not always into reds, try our white version for variety.
Both wines are flavoured with vanilla bean, an assortment of spices and fruit. We’ve used Inheritance Fruitwood Red & Inheritance Fruitwood White because they are both already beautifully sweet, juicy and fruity.
For Mulled White Wine: 1 bottle Inheritance Fruitwood White
For Mulled Red Wine: 1 bottle Inheritance Fruitwood Red
1 orange, sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, split in half
1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon star anise
1 teaspoon-size knob of ginger
Extra for serving: cinnamon sticks, orange wedges, star anise, whole nutmeg
Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly simmering and hot. Serve immediately in glasses filled with cinnamon sticks and orange slices, then grate whole nutmeg on top to finish.
Mulled wine can also be made ahead of time and kept warm in a slow cooker.
Is mulled wine a guaranteed spirit raiser, or by far the worst thing about winter? What do you put in yours?
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