Spicy mulled wine

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Mulled wine

There’s nothing quite like a mulled wine in the depths of winter, writes Yolanda Bonfrer.

My first introduction to this yummy wine was as a young adult having just enjoyed a day out on the ski slopes – it sure brings back some wonderful memories.

This recipe is one of my favourites. It can be adjusted to suit different taste preferences, or what you may have on hand in your spice cupboard on the day.

Do you have a favourite mulled wine recipe? Post it in the comments below.

Spicy Mulled Wine

2 bottles red wine
6 tablespoons of honey or 150g (5oz) caster sugar
½ cup orange juice
Peel of one orange
Peel of one lemon
2 star anise, whole
2 cinnamon sticks
7 cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
5 pods of cardamom, bruised

1. Place all the ingredients except for the wine in a medium saucepan (large enough for the two bottles of wine) then add enough wine to just cover the ingredients, approximately 1 cup.

2. Heat the ingredients and stir until the honey (or sugar) is completely dissolved. Cook for a further 5 minutes to unleash all the wonderful aromas of the spices.

3. Reduce heat and stir in the remainder of the wine. Stir and heat up the wine – you don’t want to bring it to boiling point as this will burn off the alcohol and also makes it too hot to drink.

4. Once the wine has heated, taste to see if it needs more spice or sweetness. Once you’re happy with the taste, use a slotted spoon to remove the spices and orange/lemon peel, then pour into mugs.


Rupert Webb’s Mulled Wine

SL reader Rupert Webb of Love to Grow prides himself on his mulled wine recipe. We convinced him to share it with us. 

To me, mulled wine heartens the soul and brings back fond memories of fireside evenings amongst family and friends. One mugful is never enough!

Makes about 12 servings.

3 mandarins
1 orange
1 lemon
1 stick cinnamon
2 star anise
8 whole cloves
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
150g brown sugar
2 bottles of fruity red wine

1. Wash then peel the orange and lemon.

2. Juice the mandarins, orange and lemon.

3. Put the sugar into a 2-litre saucepan and add in the peel, the juice and the spices.

4. Top up the liquid with red wine so that the sugar is submerged.

5. Warm over a medium heat and stir often until the sugar dissolves.

6. Allow the pan to cool a little, then add the rest of the wine. Stir and heat up the pan until the wine is at drinking temperature.

7. Strain out the spices and ladle into mugs. Wrap your hands around the mug, close your eyes and breathe in the heady mix.

Do you have a favourite mulled wine recipe? Post it in the comments below.

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