This is a really easy Christmas recipe for mulled wine that will take you right through to New Year’s Day.
A quick tip – make sure you don’t boil the wine as you will lose most of the alcohol content and impair the flavour.
Keep it at a medium heat.
- 2 bottles of decent red wine
- 250g caster sugar
- 2 oranges or clementines
- Peel of one lemon and one lime
- 6 cloves
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 nutmeg
Method of Preparation
Peel the clementines and juice them both.
Put the sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan and add the clementine juice and the peels from all the fruits. Start heating together.
Add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and grate the nutmeg.
Halve the vanilla pod and add this in to the mixture.
Cover this mixture with red wine – but just enough to cover. You don’t want to add too much at this stage, because you will be in danger of burning all the alcohol and the flavour off.
Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine. Simmer for at least a further five minutes so you get a syrup – a lovely concentrated mulled wine syrup.
Doing this ensures that you have a fantastically flavoured wine and that the spices and sugar really permeate. Just sticking all the wine in at once will mean it’s not as strongly flavoured.
Add in the rest of the wine and the star anise.
Heat through, not even at a simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. You should be able to see the heat rising from the wine, but no bubbles. Once heated, ladle into glasses and serve.
You can also keep this ticking over on the stove for a while on a very, very low heat. Just serve it to your guests as and when they arrive.
You could add in any flavours you like to this wine – try ginger, molasses, lemon juice. Try anything – make it about you and your personal taste. You can also make a fantastic mulled cider, too. Use much the same ingredients but add in some more sugar than in this recipe to make it a little sweeter. Make sure you use a high quality cider or the recipe will not work as well.