It takes longer for me than many people, but I caught it…festive fever. One wonderfully snowy day coupled with the temperatures taking a dive off the frigid end, and there I was, filled with Christmas cheer. Digging out my decorations from my storage unit seemed a little too daunting, but mixing up a Christmas libation? Now that I could do.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 orange (I used navel)
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 lime
- 100 g caster sugar (berry sugar)
- 3 whole cloves
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 fresh bay leaves
- ½ of a whole nutmeg , for grating (a pinch of powdered nutmeg works too)
- 1/2 vanilla pod (sliced lengthwise)
- 1 star anise
- 1 bottle of red wine (I used Campos Reales Canforrales Cabernet Sauvignon)
What You Need To Do:
- Wash the rinds of the fruit and peel off in large sections.
- Add sugar to a pot or large sauce pan over medium heat, add the citrus rinds and squeeze the juice of the orange into the pot.
- Add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, nutmeg and vanilla pod to the pot. Pour in enough red wine to just cover the sugar. Let simmer until sugar has been blended into the wine, then bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes or until the red wine and sugar is a syrup consistency.
- Once the liquid has thickened, reduce the heat to low and add star anise and the rest of the bottle of wine. Heat on low until warmed through (5-8 minutes).
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve and then ladle into mugs and enjoy!
What It Tastes Like:
A warming glass of Christmas spirit! If you’re entertaining this is a great recipe to make for your guests as they arrive from the frosty outdoors – and it’s simple to double. The added spices elevate the red fruit character of the wine, the citrus keeps things fresh, and of course with a delightful, boozy richness!
Bonus: your house will smell INCREDIBLE.
TIP: If you can’t find the spices (star anise, whole clove and nutmeg are more challenging to find) I suggest popping into Sunnyside Natural Market.
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Original recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver.