Wine & Dine with Caitríona

15-11-2017

https://www.lidl-recipes.ie/Blog-Posts/Wine-Dine-with-Caitriona

Wine & Dine with Caitríona
« Back
lidl_recipes

Wine & Dine with Caitríona

One of the things I love about Christmas is the entertaining. I love the opportunity to gather together our friends and family. To catch up, to chat, and to really set the time aside for one another. It always feels like the height of luxury in the depths of winter to wrap our hands around a mug of an aromatic mulled drink. The scents of Christmas waft through the house as soon as you start to warm up some mulled wine.

Speaking of wine we have a wonderful selection of French wines in store for Christmas, with an excellently priced Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP 2015 for just €16.99. You could make plenty of Only Fools and Horses jokes with that one.

 

I have 2 recipes to share with you this week. The first is a twist on the traditional mulled wine, it’s a mulled cider! To make an alcohol free version for kids/non drinkers, substitute our Crafty Cider with VitaFit Apple juice instead.

 

Mulled Cider Recipe

 

Ingredients

 

4 bottles Crafty Cider (PRICE)

1 cinnamon stick

2 pieces of star anise

3 cloves

2 all spice berries

2 large oranges

 

Method

 

Take a large saucepan and put it on a low/medium heat. Fill the saucepan with the cider, and add the aromatic herbs from our seasonal Belbake selection (PRICE). Slice the oranges into thin slices and pop them into the saucepan too.

 

Stir with a wooden spoon and allow to warm through for about 20 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t come to the boil. Once warm through, serve immediately in mugs and enjoy.

 

This mulled cider recipe goes perfectly with our Deluxe Tipperary Blue Cheese and crackers. The blue cheese is the perfect counterpoint to the sweet and tart drink.

 

Mulled Wine Recipe

 

My second recipe is for a very bold mulled wine. Be warned it packs a punch and a decadant treat for visitors to enjoy as they walk in your door.

 

Ingredients

 

100ml Armillar Ruby Port

1 bottle red wine – I recommend our Bordeaux AOP  Château Les Tuileries 2016 from the French Wine list for Christmas

2 large oranges

2 large apples

2 cinnamon sticks

2 pieces of star anise

3 cloves

2 all spice berries

1 generous glug of brandy

2 tablespoons of organic honey

 

Take a large saucepan and put it on a low/medium heat. Put all the spices, wine, port, and brandy into the saucepan. Slice the oranges and apples into thin slices and pop them into the saucepan too.

 

Stir with a wooden spoon and allow to warm through for about 20 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t come to the boil. Once warm through, serve immediately in mugs and enjoy. Alternatively, poor the warm mulled wine into a thermos flask and bring on a bracing walk in the cold winter’s air, or even take it carol singing!

 

Note: If you have a slow cooker why not use it to make both of these recipes. All in ingredients in the bowl for 90 mins on low with the lid on should do the trick!