My second recipe for São João is this delicious mulled wine.
I have memories of seeing the adults around the fogueira (bonfire) drinking ‘vinho quente’. Sometimes it would be quentão instead – a mulled wine made with cachaça instead of wine.
When I started drinking I tried vinho quente, but I didn’t like it because I only started to enjoy wine when I got to Australia. I still ask myself how I spent so long without it – it’s definitely the best drink in wintertime.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 375ml water
- 200g brown sugar
- 1 apple, cubes
- 1 plum, cubes
- 1 orange peel
- 1 lime peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 cloves
- 2 cardamom
- 2 star anis
- Start by half melting the sugar. Then add orange and lime peel, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, and star anis.
- When the sugar is all melted, add water, wine and the apple and plum. Let it cook for about 15-20 min.
- I like to cook it one day before I serve it because then the wine soaks up all the flavours.