Merry Xmas and Mulled Wine Recipe
Mulled wine has something special about it, it’s almost like winter in a glass for me as a drink it comes as close to spiced hot chocolate (which my sister is making right now, as we speak). So here is my quick and easy recipe to make mulled wine. Make some, drink it warm and rejoice in the spirit for Xmas, the spirit of winter
- 1 Orange
- 1 lemon
- 100 g caster sugar
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 fresh bay leaves
- 1/2 whole nutmeg, for grating or ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
- 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
- 1 star anise
- 1 bottle red wine
- Peel large sections of peel from your orange and lemon using a peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the orange juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod (or use vanilla essence) and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
- Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason doing this first is important is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to do make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with all of the of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
- When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve.