With a sharp knife or a rotary peeler,
pare off a long strip of orange peel. Place the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon,
cloves, raisins, honey and peel in a large saucepan. Stud the
clementines with cloves and add them to the pan. Add the claret and heat
gently until the sugar is dissolved. Pour in the cider and continue to
gently heat the mulled wine. Do not boil. Add the orange juice to the
pan and warm through. Remove the clementines and cinnamon sticks and
strain the mulled wine into a warmed punch bowl or other serving bowl.
Add the clove-studded clementines and serve hot in warmed glasses, or in
glasses containing a small spoon (to prevent the glass breaking).
Makes 2/3 cup glasses
Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg add spicy
flavor to this delicious mulled wine. It makes a warming drink for a
winter party. Vary the spices used in this mulled wine - whole allspice
can be added instead of cinnamon sticks. If you like, you can also add a
selection of sliced citrus fruits.