The Blood Orange is one of the finest winter fruits. Celebrate the cold season with a spicy, sweet Blood Orange mulled wine.
The blood orange is one of mid-winter’s greatest pieces of produce. This fruit’s dramatic name was no doubt inspired by its dark red flesh, which is delicately sweet with a hint of bitterness. It’s superior to your standard orange in almost every way. Thanks to its restrained sugar and acids, it also makes a fantastic accompaniment for cocktails.
Although there are plenty of fizzes to suit the fruit, this time of year the blood orange is better suited to that winter favourite: mulled wine.
First, you’ll need a bottle of red wine to mull. You don’t need to be too choosy in selecting a variety, but a fruity, tangy grape like Tempranillo or Sangiovese will definitely do the trick.
Pour your wine into a large pot and add a splash of Grand Marnier, two cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and a good old dollop of honey. Then, cut up three blood oranges into slices and add them to the saucepan.
Bring the mixture to the boil and once it starts bubbling, bring it down to simmer for half an hour. Cut up another blood orange into wedges for garnish and serve really, really warm.