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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mulled Wine!

Winter, Christmas & New Year- Festive Season Mocktail Special
Mulled Wine!

Ingredients:
Oranges- 2 Large No's
Lemon & Lime Peel- 1 No.
Castor Sugar- 60 Grams
Whole Cloves- 5 No's
Cinnamon Stick- 1 No.
Star Anise- 3 No's
Fresh Bay Leaves- 3 No's
Whole Vanilla Essence- 1 Tsp.
Red Wine- 1 Bottle

Method:
Peel Oranges, Lemon & Lime in Large Thick Pieces and Keep Aside
Put a Deep Bottomed Non Stick Saucepan/Pot on Medium Heat
Add Castor Sugar, Bay Leaves, Vanilla Essence (or Fresh Vanilla Bean), Cloves, Star Anise, Cinnamon Bark, Orange Rind Zest (also skip the Bitter White Part), Orange Juice, Some Red Wine to cover the Ingredients and let it Boil till the Sugar Melts
Again Add another Round of Wine and Simmer for about 4-5 Minutes till all the Alcohol disappears and a Thick Syrupy Texture appears.
Strain & Serve Warm on a Chilly Day with Traditional Italian Dessert Panettone!

Tips:
Enjoyed throughout Europe (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Britain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey) with Different Names & Methods of Preparation
Mulled Wine is also called Vin Brulé ("Burned Wine" in Northern Italy!
Wonderful Aroma of the Whole Spices lingers throughout the House when this Festive Drink is prepared
Serve it on a Cold Winter Night, or on a Christmas Get together, New Year’s Eve, this Drink Enjoyed by All!
Variations:
White Wine can also be used instead of Red Wine 
Interestingly, an Alcohol-Free form of Mulled Wine can be made with Fruit Juice instead of Wine.

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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