Excellent drink for this blessed winter

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Let’s make your own party drinks and enjoy this great holiday.

Mulled Wine, Sangria and Genever Infusion

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

(recipe from Jamie  Oliver)

Ingredients

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bottles  red wine

Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime using a speed peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.

When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve

Sangria

Sangria

(Recipe from Food&wine)

Ingredients

  • One 750-milliliter bottle fruity red wine, such as Merlot
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 3 ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup mixed chunks of seeded oranges, lemons and limes
  • Ice

In a pitcher, combine the red wine, brandy, Simple Syrup and fruit. Refrigerate until the drink is chilled and the flavors are blended, 4 to 8 hours. Serve the sangria in chilled, ice-filled wineglasses.

Genever Fusion

Genever Fusion

Ingredients

  • 15cl Heineken
  • 1 shot of ohumm Genever

Add one to four shot of Genever into Heineken, depends on your favorite.