Here at Fab Food For You with Christmas just around the corner we have been busy catering for dinner parties and festive gatherings. Although the weather hasn’t been the best, in case of a sudden temperature plummet there is one thing we are always stocked up on here at HQ… Wine! We think there is nothing better than a cup of warm Mulled Wine in front of the fire on a chilly evening.
At Fab Food For You we love nothing more than a good ol’ party! I’m sure some of you are aware… we adore having friends round to our cottage in our spare time. Mulled Wine is one of those drinks that brings everybody together during one of our summer house soirées! It’s perfect, warms us to the core and is simply delicious!
Most of you will know what mulled wine is but for those of you that don’t, essentially it is an amalgamation of Red Wine, Spices and dried Fruits. The Spices usually consist of: Star Anise, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Dried fruits usually being Orange Peel and Raisins. The wine is gently heated in a pan to absorb the flavours.
Over the years we have formulated (roughly) our ‘Festive Favourite’ which is as follows:
1 bottle of Red Wine
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Star Anise
2 Cardamom pods
1/2 sliced Lemon
1 dash of Sweet Chilli sauce
drizzle of Cherry Brandy to finish each serving
Simply add the Red Wine to the pan and add the spices and Sugar. Once bought to the boil leave to simmer for 40 minutes. In the last moments of simmering add the slices of lemon and Chilli sauce. When serving ladle into mugs or glasses, whichever you prefer! Finally add a dash of Cherry Brandy and a garnish of Orange!