My husband and I lived in England for a few years, and ever since then I associate Christmas with the wonderful aroma of hot mulled wine. You can buy ready-made mulled wine in the store, but nothing beats the smell and taste of one that you prepare yourself.
Mulled wine spices are perfect as a homemade Christmas food gift. Wrap them up in a sachet, and present them along with a bottle of red wine! My sister loves mulled wine, so I even gave her some for her birthday :-)
Mulled wine spices:
Making up the sachet is easy - just wrap all the spices up in the cloth, seal by tying with cotton thread, and tie a ribbon around to pretty it up :-) You'll need to break the cinnamon stick into pieces to make it fit. By the way, make sure you tell the recipient to remove the ribbon before cooking!
Add spices, 3 Tbsp of sugar, and 750mL (one bottle) of red wine to a saucepan. If using a sachet, remove ribbon first! Sometimes I slice an orange into the saucepan too. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15min. Ladle into mugs and serve hot. Garnish with a slice of orange for a nice touch. If you like, you can also add a wee bit of brandy to give it a bit of kick.
What sort of red wine to use? Pick something inexpensive but drinkable. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfadel, Merlot, or a Spanish red all work well. There's no point using a really expensive red wine, because the taste will be so altered by the spices. But don't use a really cheap and rough red either.
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas mulled wine recipe! If you'd like to make some more yummy food gifts, check out my homemade food gifts page.
Merry Christmas & Happy Gifting!