How To Make Mulled Wine and Other Mulled Drinks

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Glühwein is spiced and mulled wine that (as the name implies) gives you a glow. It is a warming draught that was quaffed by huntsmen and mountaineers after a chilly day on the Tyrol. Today, it is a favourite with skiers as a cosy and relaxing drink after a day on the slopes. When making your own glühwein, you need not use the best wine, but anything too ropey and you might suffer a lot the next day.

PREPARATION TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOKING TIME: 15 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS FOR 6-8 GLASSES:
275/300 ml water
4 - 6 cloves
5 cm rind of lemon rind
75 g caster sugar
1 bottle red wine

Put the water in a 1 litre saucepan. Add the cloves and cinnamon, then simmer for 5 minutes. Put in the lemon rind and caster sugar; keep heating gently, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.

Pour in the wine and heat until the liquid starts to steam, or is just below boiling point - do not let it boil.

Remove the spices and serve as hot as possible in heatproof glasses or mugs.