Pan full of spices and fruit with wine for mulled wine
Pan full of spices and fruit with wine for mulled wine
Pan full of spices and fruit with wine for mulled wine

Mulled Wine – The Perfect Winter Beverage!

  

November 24, 2021

 

There’s nothing better than a warm Christmassy hug in the shape of hot, sweetened red wine infused with exotic spices.   

 

The tradition of drinking mulled wine goes as far back as ancient Greece; the Greeks drank warm wine for medicinal purposes; to combat colds and viruses. The Romans drank it to keep the cold at bay. Also a favourite tipple enjoyed by Henry VIII and his court.  Over time mulled wine has become synonymous with the festive season.

Mulled wine is made using a combination of spices, fruits and sometimes with the addition other types of alcohol such as port, brandy or sherry. Some of the common mulled wine ingredients include: cinnamon, star anise ginger, clove, sugar or honey plus some sort of citrus fruit such as orange or lemons.  Spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, bay leaf and peppercorns can also be used.

 

  • Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 bottles Red Wine

2 oranges

1/2 fresh orange juice

1 medium lemon

200 g castor sugar

5 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

3 fresh bay leaves torn into peices

2 star anise

1 whole nutmeg for grating

Directions

1Cut one of oranges into thin rounds or slices. Using a peeler peel large chunks of peel from the orange, lemon and limes

2In a large saucepan add the sugar and the slices of oranges, pieces of peel, and the orange juice, Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, star anise and about 10 gratings of nutmeg to the pan

3Pour enough wine to cover the sugar, stir and simmer over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then bring to the boil and boil for about 4 minutes

4Turn the heat to low add the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine for 5 minutes Ladle in to heatproof glasses and serve.

When making mulled wine it’s easy to overheat and burn off the alcohol.  This method of melting the sugar first with some of the wine ensures this doesn’t happen.

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