Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Midnight melancholy

I promised Raine I'd post a mulled wine recipe. Right now I am getting a slight déjà vu feeling as I know I have posted one either last year or the year before. Unfortunately I am to lazy to search my own blogg, so here's a recipe I've tried before:

1 litre red wine
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of cardemom
3 tablespoons of sugar

Pour everything into a pot and heat. If you want to retain the alcohol content, heat to 75 degrees (Celsius), then leave to stand for 15 minutes before straining the spices. The amount of spices and sugar can be varied to suit taste.

I usually use this recipe for non-alcoholic mulled wine. For that I use a dark red juice, e.g. red grape juice or cranberry & rasperry juice. Whether I use juice or wine, I actually allow the mixture to boil for a few minutes, as I am not interested in retaining the alcohol.

Serve warm, in small cups with a sprinkling of raisins and almonds in each cup.

Today's Christmas song is one of my favourite remakes of a classic. I first heard it on an episode of Grey's Anatomy, and since I'm seriously missing my show (how long a Christmas break do those actors need??), I've had it on my mind. The eerie melancholy of the song really depicts the TV-show and is just...beautiful. So enjoy, It came upon a Midnight Clear by Sixpence None the Richer.


Raine said...

Thanks Maya!!!!!

I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try as soon as I find some cardemom (this is something completely new to me- but I love trying out new things so this should be fun!)

Excited. I'll let you know how it goes...

Maya Mame said...

Great to hear Raine! Don't worry about the cardemom, in Ghana I make it without it as the cloves and cinnamon give it that spicy Christmas taste anyway.

Just try to go for a light bodied not too heavy red wine, I used some left over wine at home, and the taste was... just off.

Good luck!


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