Spiced Wine Recipe- Excellent after a cold walk
Add Spiced Wine on top of Sparkling White Wine
15 December 2017
15 December 2017
My birthday was in November and I got the most wonderful recipe book as a gift. The first recipe I tried was Spiced Wine also known as Ypocras. ( Of course it was the wine recipe I tried first!)
The book is called Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore. It is a compilation of recipes collected by the author. So, there are many recipes from all kinds of chefs. Kristen has a little write up for each recipe and explains why it is the best. Not only is it a great read but it has really good and unusual recipes. The Spice Wine recipe was from Anne Willan, a well known chef.
Back to the Spiced Wine recipe…..I am always looking for a drink that I can offer to company as soon as they arrive. I like it when the drink can be made ahead of time so we can get people settled into party mode quicker.
Please don’t get hung up on that there is a cup of brown sugar in it. That is beside the point. NO REALLY!
The spices are what provides the flavour and you do eventually poor the wine through a cheese cloth to get rid of the solids. Ok the sugar does dissolve somewhat.
Here is the best part. You can make it a least a couple of days ahead and it will keep for a month! So if you make it today then it will still be good for the holiday season. ( Mine will never make it to the 25th)
So, the first part is putting a cup of brown sugar in a bowl and adding a tablespoon of 1. ground cinnamon 2. ground mace or grated nutmeg ( I used fresh grated nutmeg because I like the flavour more than mace) .
Then add 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cloves and the same amount of ground grains of paradise ( which I didn’t have) so you can substitute it for ground black pepper.
Then, simply add a bottle of merlot in the mixture. Stir. Cover tightly and then wait for a day or two.
I am never good at waiting so I only waited for one day. ( Big Surprise!!)
Then pour the wine mixture through a cheese cloth . The sediment should stay on top of the cloth so the wine doesn’t have any spices or sugar in it. See, you get rid of the sugar!
This picture is what happened the second time. The first time there was a ton of sediment.
I had a friend taste it with me and we both agreed that it would be wonderful to drink after coming in from a cold winter walk or as an aperitif. Served with cheese and crackers would be perfect.
However, the author said that Ypocras can be mixed into cocktails… Now she is talking!!! The suggestion was to use it to top off glasses of sparkling wine. So, now you can guess what my company will be getting this Christmas Season.
Yields 3 cups
The recipe was published in the Genius Recipe book by Kristen Miglore but the recipe was given to her from Anne Willan Ann Willan uses it to marinate and braise salmon, poach whole pears and peaches ( diluted with an equal amount of water), and top off glasses of sparkling white wine.
5 minPrep Time
24 hrCook Time
24 hr, 5 Total Time
In the summer I tried all kinds of cocktails that are good for when you are having company. It is Red Wine with Frozen Berries. This is also a great make ahead drink that you could use.