Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style

Step by step recipe:

  1. 10 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #1
    I advise you to use a very basic wine.

    Pour 1 litre red wine into a pan and bring to the boil on medium heat.
  2. 5 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #2
    Meanwhile, cut fruit in half, set half an orange and a half grapefruit aside, and squeeze the others.
  3. 5 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #3
    Scrub the skin of the other 2 half fruit thoroughly, and cut into small pieces, with both peel and flesh on each as far as possible.
  4. 3 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #4
    When wine boils, set light to the alcohol vapours (a pretty blue flame) by holing a flame above the pan.

    Leave all alcohol to burn off, which will take about 2-3 minutes.
  5. 2 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #5
    Pour fruit juice into wine.
  6. 2 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #6
    Add 1 sachet Vanilla sugar, 5 tablespoons caster sugar, and 1 pinch cinnamon, mix well.
  7. 1 hourMulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #7
    Add pieces of fruit, turn down heat to minimum and leave to simmer until drinking time (but at least one hour).
  8. 5 min.Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style : Photo of step #8
    Serve in glasses or mugs, a generous helping of wine and a few fruits.

Remarks:

Many people think that the most important thing in mulled wine is the spices, but for me it's more the wine-fruit mix which gives the delicious hint of acidity. Then you can add whatever you want: vanilla, cinnamon, aniseed, pepper,...

For a quick mulled wine, forget: vanilla sugar, grapefruit and cinnamon.

For a glittering presentation, serve in glasses (not mugs) with the edges dipped in white egg then caster sugar.

Source:

Home made, and this recipe is dedicated to David who will certainly bemoan the short measure of cinnamon.

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