Mulled wine is the traditional drink of winter. It is usually made from cooking red wine and adding a variety of warming flavours.
Red wine (a dry red or chianti is good)
125g of caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 Place 125g of caster sugar and the peel of one lemon into a large saucepan. Add 3 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and ½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg.
2 Add just enough red wine to cover the sugar and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved.
3 Bring the mixture to the boil for a few minutes, then reduce heat to low. Add the rest of the bottle of wine and heat gently until hot, but not boiling.
4 Strain before serving.