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Hot wine

Here’s a recipe you should enjoy sensibly. It comes from the Tribu des gourmets du vin d'Alsace – an association of wine-makers and wine-lovers with a passion for all things Strasbourg and Alsace wine. So, of course, it’s made using Alsace white wine!


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Ingredients :

  • 1 litre of Alsace dry white wine (very important!) – Silvaner, Pinot Blanc or Riesling

  • 1 organic orange and half an organic lemon

  • 1 cinnamon stick and a handful of star anise pods

  • 10 g of sugar

  • 100 ml of water


Instructions :

Heat the white wine on a medium heat (do not boil!) and keep the lid on the pot to stop the flavours escaping. Once your wine has reached the right temperature, add sugar (approximately 10 g per litre, according to taste and wine style, i.e. acidity).

Add the orange and lemon (organic – since this is a kind of infusion). You can also add a cinnamon stick, although you should remove it once the flavour has infused.

At a temperature of around 70-80°C, add the sugar (the amount will depend on the acidity of the wine). Be careful: too much sugar will spoil the wine. You can add a splash of water to reduce the sweetness after tasting, if necessary.

Keep the wine on the heat, but make sure you leave the lid on – this is absolutely essential if you want to make a successful hot wine.

Hot wine will keep overnight, as long as you remove the fruit and spices (you can put more in the next day if you like).