Ever tried mulled wine and Champagne... together? Neither had we, but turns out - it actually works! It can also be relied on for putting everyone in the festive spirit after one quick sip.
1 bottle mellow red wine (nothing too tannic or sharp)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 clementines, cut in half
2 star anise
1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
100g white sugar
100ml Champagne or sparkling wine
Make the mulled wine syrup using the ingredients above. Pour the syrup in to the champagne flute, top with the Champagne and gently stir.