Bring the Party in with Fire Wine Punch!
There are a lot of wine pairings that just… well… work. We’ve talked about wine with cheese and wine with chocolate. We’ve even shared more unusual wine pairings with you in the past. (Notably, and perhaps unfortunately, wine and bugs comes to mind.)
But there’s a certain pairing that really, really works. We know it. You know it. Heck, everybody knows it.
Wine and fire.
Whether it be a lovely glass by the fireplace, a bottle in the cooler at a backyard barbecue, or sangria by the jar next to the firepit, wine and fire really, really works.
With winter upon us, and holiday visitors at the door, we thought we’d share a little something to tide you over between evenings at the firepit, glass in hand. It’s a perfect holiday gathering drink, in the spirit of fireside sangria…
Spiced Wine Fire Punch!
2 oranges, juiced (or 1 cup orange juice)
1 cup (¼ liter) hard cider
4 cups (1 liter) wine, red
1 teaspoon cloves
8 sticks cinnamon
151 Bacardi rum, as needed
Sugar, to taste
1. Cut oranges in half and juice.
2. Pour red wine in a large pot. Add the orange juice through a sieve to get rid of pulp.
3. Add cider, cloves and half the cinnamon sticks and bring to a simmer, but do not boil.
4. Cut apple in ⅓ – ½ inch (1 cm) slices, leaving the peel on and the star in the middle intact. Put the center slices with a star aside and add the rest of the ends to the punch.
5. To serve, pour punch in a heat resistant glass.
6. Take the center slices with the inner star shape and clean the holes of the seeds and tough lining, making sure to keep the star shape intact.
7. Carefully place the apple slice on the punch, so it floats on top.
8. Pour a little bit of the rum in a glass, heat-safe dish. Have another glass nearby to hold the spoon you will use to move the sugar to the apple.
9. Soak sugar cube in rum and place it over the star in the glass.
10. Carefully, with a lighter, set sugar cube on fire until you see the sugar bubbling and a blue flame.
11. If necessary, carefully add small amounts of rum on the sugar cube with a spoon to keep it burning until the sugar is melted.
12. Stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy immediately while it is still hot. If not sweet enough, repeat sugar cube flaming step or add more sugar to the hot drink.
Let us know how yours comes out!!