Glögi (mulled wine)

When you live in your native country, you take it for granted that you can just pop in to a shop and get whatever delicacies you happen to fancy. If you have however settled abroad like me, you’ll have to learn to make things yourself. I know you can also buy mulled wine mixtures in the UK, however, since I created my recipe, I never felt the need to try them. Every year, I end up making a few batches of this, as you can’t stop having it once it’s ready! Also, it’s actually really easy to make.

1 1/2 liters water
1/2 liter apple and blackcurrant squash
1 liter blueberry juice
6 thumb size pieces of fresh root ginger, roughly chopped
6 cinnamon sticks
6 tbsp cardamom pods
2 tbsp whole cloves
1 orange, grated peel and juice
2-3 whole star anise

1. Put all ingredients together in a large pan, and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for an hour, and pour through a sieve, then bottle.

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2. When serving, I tend to fill 1/4 or 1/3 of the cup with red wine, and fill the rest of the cup with the spice mixture.