Mulled Wine


Serves 8

1 bottle good dry red wine (pinot noir or similar)
Zest of 1 orange and 2 lemons, taken off in strips
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
3 cloves
250 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup
Lemon and maple sugar, as needed

Combine the wine with the zests, spices and maple syrup in a large saucepan over high heat. Heat to boiling. When mixture starts to boil, turn off the burner and let infuse for 1 hour. Strain the mulled wine then return to the saucepan and heat to boiling again. Serve in elegant glasses, garnished with lemon.

Before pouring the wine, dip the rims of the glasses in lemon juice then in maple sugar. Serve maple candies along with the wine. It's a sweet little touch that tops the whole thing off in style.


Source: Quebec's maple syrup producers