Friday, 7 December 2012
"Franzose" - Spiced hot apple wine with calvados
This is a nice alternative to mulled wine in the winter and pre-xmas season.
1 bottle of still apple wine or French cider (4-5% alcohol)
1 large (15 cm) cinnamon stick, cut into 3-4 pieces
5-6 star anise
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
6 cardamom pods, cracked
2 tsp honey or to taste
70 ml calvados
Place all the spices on a piece of muslin, gather the muslin and wrap with a piece of string to make a bag.
Add all the bag of spices, apple wine and honey into a saucepan and heat very slowly. Steep for 15 minutes but don't boil. Just before serving add the calvados and heat throught. Serve in warmed tea glasses or mugs.