Who likes warm wine with spices? I do! It’s so Christmasy and it smells delicious. I was thrilled when I was asked to photograph this spicy mulled wine and Copper Kettle Kumara Crisps – my favourite snack! The recipe is from Food to love

Ingredients / makes 6 standard cups

1/2 cup raw sugar

8 whole dried cloves

6 whole dried allspice

1 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

2 bottles red wine, shiraz/merlot

2 oranges or tangelos, washed

1 lemon, washed

1 lime, washed


Make a little syrup to flavour the pot of wine; add sugar and 2 cups of wine to a small pot, then add all the spices and bring to simmering point. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the syrup has reduced by a quarter or until it is a thicker texture. Slice the citrus into even slices, try and keep them whole. Pour the remaining wine into a larger pot, add the sliced citrus and reduced syrup with spices. Bring the pot slowly to heat, just below simmering point. Turn it off and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving into mugs or glasses.