It’s that time of the year again when if you’re a lover of Christmas like me you will try to think of any possible Christmas Traditions just to keep the festivities going for as long as you can OR if you’re like me you will try to start Christmas as soon as Halloween ends.
One of the best Christmas Traditions I can think of (for adults anyway) is making homemade mulled wine. The scent of apples, wine, oranges and various spices in the air is so magical I cannot describe it. It’s when I can smell it, I can really feel the beginning of Christmas. This is why today I decided to share this recipe with you and hopefully it will bring you and your family some magic this Christmas.
- Bottle of red wine – preferably dry wine
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Spoon of Maple Syrup
- 1 Spoon of Honey
- 1 Apple & 2 Cinnamon Sticks OR 1 Sachet of Mulled Wine Spice
Wash the orange & lemon thoroughly under the cold water. Rinse with boiling water, twice. Cut both of them into small pieces with the skin still on it. Place them in a pot; pour in the bottle of wine. Gently heat up – do not boil. Add honey, maple syrup and the sachet of spices (or Apple and Cinnamon). Serve warm in a festive mug.
** Mulled wine spices are available in any of the Easter European Shops, or Polish shops. I haven’t seen this spice in any of the Irish shops however should I come across something similar I’ll be sure to update this post. **
Mulled wine is best served with some apple pie, mince pies or gingerbread cookies sitting by the fire.
An interesting fact for my Jetsetters – if you are looking to go to an amazing Christmas Market, Kraków (where I’m from) offers one of the biggest European Christmas Markets. In the market you will find large barrels with tiny doors; you knock on the door and the street seller opens and gives you a mug of mulled wine. (Of course it costs like 2 or 3 Zloty – its not free). However the idea itself and the picture it creates is magical.