Winters in Melbourne are synonymous to some sweet-smelling spiced mulled wine. The Queen Victoria Night Market's mulled wine instantly popped into my head as I was on my couch at home, all rugged up.
To make mulled wine with Jen's twist, you will need
3 bottles of dry red wine (Shiraz, Merlot or Cab Sav) 200 gm sugar ( you can add more if you prefer sweetness) 1 stick of cinnamon 6 pieces of star anise and cloves each 1 pinch freshly scraped nutmeg (optional) 1 twisted peel of orange, lime and lemon each 200ml spiced dark rum for the twist
On a slow flame, bring to boil just 1 bottle of wine with sugar and the spice and everything nice ( fruit peels). Let this reduce to a thick syrup-like consistency. In the meanwhile, enjoy as the kitchen comes alive with a sweet heady cinnamon scent. Adjust the sweetness (more sugar) to suit your taste.
To this well-balanced concoction, add in the remaining two bottles and let it simmer away for a good three-four hours.
Now for the Jen twist, just before serving, add your spiced dark rum for that extra punch.
P.S - if you have a slow cooker, it's best to keep it overnight and wake up to the heady fragrance of a sweet-smelling kitchen.
You can also store these in clean dry glass bottles, if you have leftovers, that is.