These December days call for mulled wine. We have experimented with various recipes, including Glögg (en av oss är svensk), but we prefer the Glühwein recipe.
For a decent sized jug:
1 orange studded with 5 cloves
The juice of another orange
The peel of a lemon
A tablespoon of caster sugar
A teaspoon of finely chopped fresh ginger (or some ginger wine instead)
6 cardamom pods, bashed around a bit
2 fresh Ceylon cinnamon sticks, broken into shards (this releases all the flavour)
A good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (our grater works with nutmeg too)
2 bottles of red plonk
A slosh of Grand Marnier
Heat everything gently and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sieve if you wish to make it look better; otherwise don’t. Serve quite hot, in tumblers. Make a friend.
Finally, it is interesting that the German word glüwein comes from glühen and wein. Glühen means glow. It is the drinker who glows, not the wine. Make a good friend.