I simply HAVE to share my mulled wine recipe with you, because it's quite possibly the best I've ever tasted (can't say I'm not biased, because I totally am!) So here it is, 'Ranon's Extra Fruity Mulled Wine!'
One of the reasons I love this time of year is all of the warm scents from festive recipies, it's not completely Christmas in our house until something has been concocted with cinnamon and spice!
One of the best things to prepare if you have company coming over, is a big huge vat of hot and spicy mulled wine. Ideally you'd leave it on the warm plate of the Rayburn or Aga, but nowadays more people have electric or gas hobs, so it can't really be left to keep itself warm scenting the entire house, but it's still just as good!
You will need:
60g/2oz Demerera Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
3 Star Anise
1 Dried Bay Leaf
Take one orange, and stick 20 cloves in to it. (This part is actually completely optional, and is I think more traditional than functional)
Cut up the other orange and the lemon in to slices, the thinner the slices, the more flavour you will get coming from them.
Throw everything in to the wine, and bring to a simmer very slowly so that the sugar can melt completely.