It's that time of the year guys, there are several signs to know it's Christmas time, (yep, in November!) but for me, the most relevant are:
John Lewis launching its Christmas advert.
Everything you see around you has sequins and glitter on.
The Coca-Cola truck is already announcing its tour.
Your neighbours have a Christmas wreath in their front door. (I saw it before Halloween, I swear.)
You're driving and all of a sudden Mariah Carey plays All I want for Christmas is you. (hum, okay, maybe not yet).
It's freezing cold but nobody complain. Actually people'd love to snow, including myself, even knowing that it causes a huge disruptions (both in England and Spain are not prepared for snow)
You walk in to a pub and smell a fragrant that reminds you to Christmas. (Sigh) it's mulled wine. Such a lovely time of the year isn't it?!
Mulled wine was a new-to-me drink last year when I discovered it in the cosiest pub with an open place I could dream of.
I quickly felt in love with this warm sweet wine and I wondered why I hadn't tried it before. For some reason, I never came across this seasonal drink in Barcelona or I just didn't pay attention to it.
I asked how it was made and promised myself I would make it some day.
And that day was last Sunday. It was totally worth waking up at 7:30am to shoot this mulled wine. It was really cold outside but the light coming in through the windows was gorgeous. I really enjoyed playing around with the lighting and then I finished drinking two glasses and went back to bed.
BLOOD ORANGE MULLED WINE
The smell of mulled wine alone is enough to make the home feel Christmassy
1 bottle red wine
60g demerara sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 orange, sliced
1 blood orange, sliced
peel orange to decorate
Put the wine in a large saucepan with the oranges, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise.
Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Add more sugar to taste.
Strain into heatproof glasses and serve with the orange segments as a garnish.