Spiced Scandinavian mulled wine

Spiced Scandinavian mulled wine
  • Serves icon Serves 12
  • Time icon Takes 40 minutes to make, plus cooling

Spoil your party guests with this potent winter brew of spiced Scandinavian mulled wine made from red wine, port and vodka.

Ingredients

  • 100g whole blanched almonds
  • 700ml red wine
  • 700ml ruby port
  • 600ml vodka
  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 2 small cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • The pared zest of 2 large oranges
  • 100-150g golden caster sugar (according to taste)
  • Raisins, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Cover the almonds with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and slice lengthways into thin shards, then spread out on a baking tray and roast for 6-7 minutes, until golden. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, put the red wine, port, vodka, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, the pared zest and golden caster sugar into a large pan and leave over a low heat for 20 minutes – do not let it boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Put a metal teaspoon into each glass – this will absorb the heat so that the glass doesn’t crack.
  4. To serve, pour the mulled wine between glasses and sprinkle with the toasted almonds and raisins.

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