Mulled Wine Recipe
A lot of people are under the misconception that Mulled Wine is an unpalatable hot drink to be grimaced through over the festive season …. not so. I have been known to convert even the most die-hard of haters!! Here is my recipe for a delicious mulled wine that I serve every year on Christmas Eve when friends from my village join my family for mulled wine and mince pies before Christmas Carols in the village square.
2 x 75cl bottles of red wine (don’t use your best – this is definitely one to use up the vino collapso you won on the school tombola!)
A large slug of Cointreau (optional)
1 litre Orange Juice – the stuff with bits in adds to the quality
2 Large tablespoons of rich dark brown sugar (you can add more if you feel it needs it)
Stud an orange with cloves
1 or 2 Sticks of Cinnamon
3 or 4 Star Anise
3 or 4 Cardamom Pods
A handful of fresh cranberries
Add wine to a large pot with the sugar and bring to a gentle simmer until the sugar is melted, add all your spices and the orange juice and Cointreau and keep at a very gentle simmer – there is no need to boil this as the alcohol will evaporate. I prefer to use the spices in their whole form, if you use powdered spices the mulled wine will form a dusty scum. Serve in glasses with the clementine slices and a couple of cranberries as garnish – the berry colours look gorgeous and the smell is just delicious …. perhaps I should make a practise batch now …..