Having a party this festive season? Well why not serve your guests a warming, welcoming and wonderful glass of mulled wine. No winter scented candles will be required as your home will smell divine with this simple and easy yet absolutely delicious mulled wine recipe.
Not a fan of mulled wine? Well perhaps that maybe because you’ve only ever tried the pre-made in a bottle stuff available at the supermarkets etc. Some can be pretty dire so why not try this recipe and we’re pretty sure we’ll convert you!
Mulled wine is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various spices and fruits which can be served hot or warm and alcoholic or non-alcoholic. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
What do you need?
- 1 x bottle of medium bodied red wine e.g. Merlot, Chianti etc.
- 2 x tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fruit, Sugar and Spices: –
- 1 x orange
- 1 x lemon
- 1 x lime
- 1 x red skinned apple cut into thing slices
- Frozen fruits of the forest or black forest fruits
- 100 g of brown sugar (Caster if you don’t have any)
- 3 whole cloves
- Packet of cinnamon sticks (1 for recipe rest for garnishes)
- 1 whole nutmeg (you’ll need 5-6 gratings worth)
- 1 x vanilla pod
- 1 x star anise
What do you need to do?
Peel the skin of the orange, lemon and lime (nice thin long pieces look great) and add the peel to a pan (ideally a smaller pan first) with the sugar. Squeeze in the juice of the orange and pop in the cloves, 1 x cinnamon stick, bay leaves, nutmeg and ½ the vanilla pod (best to cut lengthways). Now only pour in enough wine to just cover. (Don’t use all the wine at this point as you want to create a syrup first) .
Bring to the boil on a more medium heat and keep it boiling for about 4 or 5 minutes until you have a nice syrup consistency. Reduce to a low heat and slowly add and stir in the star anise and the remaining red wine for another 5 minutes. Ideally keep stirring
Just before serving swirl in the Grand Marnier or Cointreau and add the sliced apple.
Ladle into glasses (heat resistant) and pop in some frozen fruits of the forest or black forest fruits and dress with a cinnamon stick!
Sit back and enjoy!!