Time to warm up! it’s time for winter cocktails!
London, Sunday, November 18th. It’s freezing out there! I think I will head to my favourite bar and ask for a warming, spiced and charming hot cocktail! I will certainly ask for a “vin brûlée” !
But I also have always been fascinated to try and create my very own blend: a vin brûlée today will be my advise to you all for a simple 3 steps winter cocktail. we have used a few bottles of wine from few days ago, some of those that you know you are not going to drink anymore!
“Stevia vin brûlée”! recipe and execution:
Stevia vin brûlée, blend of spices:
- 1 bar spoon of black peppercorns;
- 1 stalk of cinnamon, (pre heated in the oven, at 200 C for 5 minutes) ;
- 1 teaspoon of juniper berries;
-> you will add your spices to the cocktail, at time of blending with the syrup you are going to realise right now…
Stevia vin brûlée, the syrup recipe:
- 50 g dry stevia leaves;
- 250 ml cold mineral water;
-> start by boiling water in a sauce pan , then just add your stevia leaves, reach boiling point , stir for five minutes at medium heat.
Stevia vin brûlée, cocktail Execution, :
- 125 ml of any red wine you like! we used red Spanish Malbec!
- 30 ml of stevia syrup
- Hal sliced apple;
- 1 half pomelo peel
- 1 pinch of your blend of spices, adjust as you like!
-> you are ready to create the final drink! I advise you to boil these ingredients in a saucepan, then add them in a tea pot with strainer!
What is stevia? Don’t get confused!
Don’t get confused, just buy or grow your own plants, you need the leaves, not any others “stevia based sugars” they are good too, because of their full flavours, but they are still saccharose based! we are using Stevia leaves , pure and organic.
They originate from the so called known stevia plant, part of the chrysanthemum big family. We thought to adjust the flavours of this drink with a natural sweetener! here it comes, as a natural remedy due to its natural sweet taste! not much sugar needed to be added, we can consider “adding stevia leaves ” to any drink will help reduce the amount of sugars that we would eventually use in any other home-made syrups.
The infusion, the time and flavours;
you have now boiled the cocktail that will warm up your afternoon, your evening or the next following weeks in this crazy cold winter! just think about that hot mug you are holding in your hands! it is just a five minutes execution!! My advise is to keep the tea pot with the strainer, the same one you see in these pictures, we use the same one to infuse chamomile or loose leaf tea, yes!! that one!!
If you let the ingredients settle in that jug for quite longer than five minutes, your blend of spices will release more and more taste, your citrus peel will create a nice bitterness, and the peppercorns will adjust the spiciness to a hot concoction that you will appreciate even more!
We hope you enjoyed this recipe, the pictures and this presentation!
Try it! and gives us a feedback ! we will discuss the outcome 🙂
Domenico and Marcella. 🙂