It’s getting mighty cold at the moment but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favourite glass of wine. What better way to warm up this winter while the sun’s away than with a delicious glass of Glühwein? We love this special recipe from Place in the Sun wines using their delicious Place in the Sun Merlot. Its bright fresh berry tastes with a hint of oak respond deliciously to traditional Glühwein spicing.

Glühwein Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

½ orange, sliced
½ lemon, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves
1 star anise spice
¼ cup sugar
200 ml water
750 ml Place in the Sun Merlot
2 Tablespoons brandy to taste (optional)

Method

· In a large pot, combine the orange and lemon slices, cinnamon stick, cloves, anise spice, sugar and water.

· Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar.

· Once the sugar and spices have infused into the water, turn the heat down to a low temperature and pour in the Place in the Sun Merlot as well as the brandy (if using) while stirring the mixture.

· Heat until steaming and then remove from heat. Do not boil the Glühwein as this will result in the alcohol evaporating.

· Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break) with lemon slices or cinnamon sticks for decoration.

· If there is leftover Glühwein after 1 hour of making it, remove the orange and lemon slices so they do not impart a bitter taste. Store any leftover Glühwein in a glass container at room temperature and consume within two days.

For more great recipes visit the Place in the Sun website.