Serve warm mulled wine to your guests as they arrive or serve it later with mince pies.
- Heat gently orange juice, water, cloves and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan until close to boiling. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add rind from orange and lemon -use a potato peeler to pare it. Reserve the fruits.
- Pour red wine and brandy. Keep on heating and remove from heat when the liquid has almost reached the boiling point, but don't let it boil. Strain the mulled wine. Discard citrus peel and cloves, keep cinnamon sticks.
- Ladle into a warm bowl. Add the cinnamon sticks and decorate with very thin lemon and orange slices from the fruits previously reserved.
- Serve in warmed glasses.
Try to prepare a white mulled wine, substitute medium dry white wine for the red wine and white sugar for the brown.
You can get away very well with cheap wine for this recipe, but, while you should not employ the best wine in your collection, if you use a decent wine, it will show.