As the winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like a warm, spiced drink to lift the spirits. This holiday season, why not add a twist to the traditional mulled wine by infusing it with the elegant flavour of Earl Grey tea? This delightful concoction is the perfect way to warm up your festive gatherings.
- 1 bottle of red wine (preferably a fruity variety)
- 2 cups water
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1 orange, sliced
- Optional: a splash of brandy or rum for extra warmth
Steeping the Earl Grey: The Aromatic Foundation
Begin by boiling the water and steeping the Earl Grey tea bags for about 5 minutes. Earl Grey’s citrusy notes of bergamot will form the aromatic base of our mulled wine.
Simmering the Spices: Building Flavours
In a large pot, combine the steeped Earl Grey tea, honey or sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and orange slices. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the spices to release their warm, fragrant aromas.
The Wine Whisperer: Adding the Final Touch
Reduce the heat and add the bottle of red wine to the pot. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a splash of brandy or rum. Gently warm the mixture until it is hot but not boiling – we don’t want to cook away the alcohol!
Serving with Style: The Perfect Pour
Ladle the mulled wine into mugs or heatproof glasses, making sure to capture a few of the spices and an orange slice in each serving. The result is a visually appealing and aromatically rich beverage that invites sipping and savouring.
This Earl Grey tea mulled wine is more than just a drink; it’s a sensory experience. The combination of wine, spices, and the distinct flavour of Earl Grey tea creates a beverage that is both comforting and sophisticated, perfect for any holiday occasion.