Mulled wine is a wonderful Christmas drink to get you into the spirit (quite literally!). Not only is it incredibly simple to prepare but it makes the house smell of Christmas as you make it. There are lots of different recipes but this is a simple one that doesn’t have too many ingredients. On a cold afternoon or evening there is nothing like it to warm up your guests. It also helps lubricate throats after carol singing and is a great way to wash down a warm minced pie.
If you want to make a non alcoholic one for your guests try a mulled apple juice . Take 1 litre of apple juice ( I can highly recommend the Stonebrook Farm apple juice), add 3 cloves, a cinnamon stick and some strips of orange peel. Simmer for around 5-10 minutes to allow flavours to develop and add some honey or sugar for sweetness if required. Kids and adults alike will adore this.
750ml/ 1 1/3 pints of red wine
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
2 tbsp clear honey
1 orange sliced and seeds removed
1 lemon sliced and seeds removed.
Put the wine, sherry, cloves, cinnamon and honey into a saucepan and stir well.
Warm over a low heat stirring occasionally until just starting to simmer. Don’t allow to boil or the flavour will be spoiled.
Remove from the heat and strain through a sieve. Discard the cloves and cinnamon stick.
Return to the pan with the sliced orange and lemon and warm gently before serving in heatproof glasses.
Rhonda’s food for thought
There is a familiar phrase quoted during the Christmas season “ Get into the spirit!”. All too often, however the spirit of Christmas involves stress- what will I buy/ wear/cook? And when am I going to get the time to do x, y and z? In a secular world it is all too easy to join the throngs of Christmas shoppers and get into the spirit of a commercial Christmas. The real Christmas story however has its roots in simplicity. A carpenter and his young wife in a humble stable being visited by shepherds who had faith and listened to an angel and some wise men who followed a star. This Christmas we can choose to be dazzled by the Christmas lights and gifts under the tree or we can choose to look up like the wise men and follow the star to the king. If we trust like the shepherds we can all come anew into the glorious presence of our Lord and King.
Romans 15 verse 12-13 reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit is the key to not just the Christmas season but every season.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Wishing you a blessed, peaceful and joyful Christmas.