Do your cockles need warming?
Mine did yesterday and the thought of drinking a cold white wine didn’t have its usual charm. Then I remembered that in our gorgeous Christmas hamper there had been a small scarlet satin bag with the recipe for mulled wine and small muslin wrapped spice bags containing cinnamon, orange peel, allspice and cloves. I remembered MTL used to make it – to his recipe and was inspired to give it a go.
Bring half a litre of water and one spice bag to the boil and simmer for fifteen minutes. Add one litre of red wine, half a litre of orange juice, one measure of brandy* and sugar to taste and gently heat to serving temperature stirring constantly (do not boil).
Serve with slices of orange or lemon.
*I couldn’t find any brandy – just some dubious cherry brandy so I made an executive decision to use port instead.
Both of us found it truly heart warming – cockles and all - and will enjoy every last drop. However MTL thought perhaps the one he used to make was a little better because he used real cinnamon sticksJ