With summer coming up, why not try this great twist on an old classic with the Ideal Wine Company’s spectacular recipe for a mulled wine cocktail: It’s perfect for lounging out on the veranda in the glorious summer sun!
A Winter Drink for the Summer
Mulled wine, a drink that originates from Medieval Europe, is a staple of winter wine drinking in the modern era. That is because it involves adding spices to (usually red) wine then heating it up. The heat reinvents wine so that it keeps you nice and toasty as you’re sitting by the fire on a cold winter’s night.
Naturally, this means that mulled wine isn’t really appropriate for summer. What is appropriate though is a thoroughly mixed cocktail with lashings of ice. Why not combine the best of both worlds and put some of that luxury vintage you’ve just bought from the Ideal Wine Company to good use, with a mulled wine cocktail that’ll blow your mind!
The Ideal Wine Company Recipe
So what do you need? The answer: 100 grams muscovado sugar, 1 star anise, a cinnamon stick, 4 cloves, 150 millilitres water, a lemon, 2 clementine’s, 150 millilitres Cointreau and 750 millilitres red wine. For the best cocktail possible we’d suggest the Chateau Beausejour 2007 from the Ideal Wine Company product list, which you can buy for the bank balance friendly price of £48.
Now the method: Pour the water in a pan with the sugar, the star anise, cinnamon stick and the four cloves. Stir in the sugar slowly as you bring to the boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
After, let it simmer for two minutes, then leave in a large jug to cool. Thinly slice the lemon and clementines, then add to the mix with the Cointreau and the red wine. Now give it a good stir, cover and chill overnight before serving with ice for a perfect summer take on a classic winter wine staple.
With Quality, Sky’s the Limit!
At the Ideal Wine Company we recognise the fact that there’s so much you can do with wine; the versatility of this drink means that you can work it a thousand ways and with quality luxury wine, the sky really is the limit.