Warm up with vin chaud! The classic recipe for French mulled wine
Each year, the winter season is opened with the appearance of vin chaud in the cafes and bars through France. Here's the recipe to make your own!
The quintessential beverage of Christmas markets and high street shopping, le vin chaud is a warming treat on cold nights. And while it's nice to pick up a (very) small cup of it while out shopping, it's even better homemade!
We admittedly have fabulous winter weather in the Côte d'Azur, the evenings can get quite crisp – so simmer up a batch of mulled wine and get out in the garden or on the balcony to enjoy the air!
Ingredients (makes 4 cups):
1 bottle of good Pinot noir or Merlot wine 1 organic orange 2 cinnamon sticks 6 cloves 4 star anise 2 tablespoons cane sugar 2 tablespoons honey
Depending on taste, you can add an extra orange, cardamom, allspice seeds or coriander seeds. Just be careful not to overdo it as the spices get stronger the longer it sits.
Directions: Cut the orange into slices and put them in a pot with the wine, spices, sugar, and honey. Heat slowly, stirring well to dissolve the sugar and honey. Important: The wine should only be warmed up, not boiled! When the wine is hot, remove it from the heat and let it soak for 1 - 2 hours. This gives the spices time to release their aroma. Then warm it up again and enjoy.
Kid-friendly mulled apple cider
Swap out the wine for apple juice for a warm, spiced treat the whole family can enjoy!
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