Monday, December 20, 2010

Mulled wine granita

One thing I'll miss from living in Europe, is the northern hemisphere Christmas. Wrapped up in your many layers, at Christmas markets outside, holding a steaming, cup of mulled wine .. Awesome! An experience I recommend to everyone!

Still, hardly an experience I can replicate here - Christmas here in Sydney is glorious and hot. We're outside, but holding onto an icy cold drink.

So how to somehow combine the two? Mulled wine granita!!

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 300ml water
  • 400ml red wine (preferably cabernet sauvignon)
  • juice from 2 oranges
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of Beerenburg blackberry jam

  • Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Simmer until the mixture starts to thicken (takes approximately 5 minutes). Pour into a jug put aside.
  • Put wine, orange juice, spices and and blackberry jam into a saucepan and heat, stirring until the jam has dissolved. Allow to simmer until alcohol has evaporated (or not depending on your preference!).
  • Pour the sugar syrup into the wine mixture, stirring until mixed. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a container and place in freezer.
  • Once frozen, take a fork and break up frozen mulled wine into flakes.

Easy! A (sp)icy cold glass of mulled wine!

Sugar and spice and all things nice,
la chouquette sucrée


  1. This is such an awesomely delicious idea! I'm going to make more over Christmas!

  2. What an excellent idea! Just imagine sitting by the pool getting sozzled on granita - I am there!!

  3. I loved having warm mulled wine and mince pies on a cold Christmas eve in the UK. I love the idea of the granita too! Although I think our Christmas day may not be so warm in Sydney this year. :-\

  4. Ooh I had this in Austria and I thought it was amazing but this suits the Australian Summer better (let's just hope it warms up ;) ).

  5. Yeah .. La Niña is screwing up our summer at the moment ... Not to worry! We can have the mulled wine un-frozen if it's not that warm .. Lol

  6. Glögi, as we call mulled wine here in Finland is a must for me at Christmas. We always have sultanas and almonds in the glass and enjoy the drink with gingerbreads! :-)