The theme for this month's Mixology Monday, hosted by The Spirit World is Drinks for a Festive Occasion.
While eggnog and mulled wine are the season's favourites it's probably not really appropriate for our summer weather. Rather than forsake mulled wine why not just chill it?
750mls/3 cups Pinot Noir
50 grams/2 oz caster sugar
2 oranges, sliced
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, halved
2 tablespoons Brandy
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Place the wine, sugar, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean into a saucepan and gently heat, stirring to ensure the sugar dissolves.
Allow to come to just under boiling point before removing from heat. Let the mixture infuse until cold.
Stir through the Brandy and Grand Marnier then pour into a serving jug. Refrigerate for a few hours until thoroughly chilled.
To serve, half fill tumblers with ice and pour in the mulled wine, decorate with a couple of the oranges slices and a cinnamon stick.