​Advent, Advent of mulled wine is burning ...

Ok, I know we should not be kidding. Of course, we have never burned our mulled wine, we always pay special attention to it because we are crazy mulled wine fans!

But I have to say that the purchased mulled wine does not taste so good. Since I have lived in the Palatinate for some time, I enjoyed a variety of vineyard mulled wines and my taste buds are now quite demanding! (Christin would now say that my palate has become sophisticated over time, and not only in mulled wine testing – indeed, I have worked two years in a hotel)
Living the student life, having some great vineyard mulled wine was financially quite tough. However, in our shared apartment, I made sure for Christin and I to always have a delicious mulled wine homemade spice mixture. I put the blend into beautiful glasses, so you can enjoy it all the season around or even offer it at Christmas!
This mulled wine always tasted very good to us, which is why we would like to share the recipe here with you:

For a glass of spice blend, you need:
• 1 orange
• 4 cinnamon sticks
• 20g of cloves
• 3 stars anise
• 1 vanilla pod

Preheat the oven to 160 °C and place a sheet of baking paper on the baking tray.
In the meantime, zest the orange and cut it into small pieces. Spread both preparations on the baking sheet and bake in a hot oven for about 60 minutes.
Put the cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and the vanilla pod in a freezer bag and chop them with the rolling pin (You can also use a food processor).

Then place everything into a nice glass and your spice blend is done!

For the perfect mulled wine, add 3 tablespoons spice mixture and - depending on your taste – 3 to 4 tablespoons of normal sugar or 50 grams of candy sugar in 1 liter of dry red wine.
A little tip: Put the mixture into a tea bag, so you do not bite on it!

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