Winter warmer – Spiced Wine

Traditionally enjoyed in the northern hemisphere in winter, Spiced Wine is an awesome drink to enjoy all year round, both hot and cold. But holding a warm glass of this wine in winter when the weather is cold has got to be expereinced!

Cheap to make, this luxurious drink can be made to suit your taste buds and wallet. The wine that forms the base of this drink can be almost any red wine (perhaps already open bottles in the fridge, or a wine in your cellar you are not overly fond of). But to make a truly epic Spiced Wine, we have two excellent drops below that pair perfectly with the recipe given below.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 star anise
  • 200 g castor sugar or sugar substitute (vary this to suit your palate)
  • Lemon & orange peel from one lemon/orange (take out after 5 mins)

Method

Peel large sections of peel from the oranges, lemon & lime.

Put the sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the juice from the oranges only.

Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 – 12 grating of nutmeg. Add the vanilla essence to the pan, then stir just enough Alcofree red wine to cover the sugar.

Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on rolling boil for about 4 – 5 minutes. This will create a wonderful flavor base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine.

When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and at this stage you add the rest of the wine.

Continue to gently heat the wine and after approx. 5 mins, when it’s soul-warming and delectable, ladle it into glasses and serve.

Left over Spiced WIne can be refrigerated for a few days and reheated, but do not boil.

For more interesting wine ideas visit www.alcofree.com.au

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