Jodi's Mulled Wine

This is my dear friend Jodi. We met at a Positive Parenting course, trying to figure out how to handle unruly 3-year-olds.  The course was held every Tuesday at 7pm for 6 weeks.  Unbeknown to our husbands, we continued to meet at 7pm on Tuesdays well after the course had finished just for a coffee (with Baileys!) and a chat, it was exactly what we both needed.  Eventually we fessed up to our husbands, but by that stage it was too late - our friendship was permanent!  Jodi has a beautiful sense of style and enjoys making her home a sanctuary of comfort.  Jodi's Mulled Wine recipe is just that - warm winter comfort. Enjoy.

You'll need:

// 750ml bottle of good dry red wine (Jodi recommends a cab merlot)

// 1/4 cup brown sugar

// 1 cup water

// zest of one orange

// juice of half the orange

// 2 cinnamon sticks

// 2 star annise

// 1/2 tsp nutmeg

// 6 cloves

Method:

In a saucepan mix the water, sugar, zest and spices, and bring them to a gentle simmer.

Add the wine and juice, continue to simmer for 30 mins.

Strain through a fine sieve or muslin, return to pan and leave on the heat to serve hot!

Jodi's tip:  to adjust the taste, add more or less sugar or orange juice.