I have decided that Mulled Wine is the best Christmas drink ever! The cinnamon and orange scents and flavours mixed with a gorgeous red wine, just are the epitome of Christmas scents and flavours. The last time I had Mulled Wine would have been on Christmas Eve 2012 at our Church’s Christmas Eve Party. I haven’t had a chance to make it since then, but it is always on my mind around Christmas. So I wanted to share a recipe that I want to use to make Mulled Wine with you. I found this recipe on Jamie Oliver’s website and seeing as I haven’t made it yet I don’t know what it will taste like, but considering it is Jamie Oliver, it is sure to be good! The great this is that Mulled wine is Dairy and Gluten Free, and both Vegetarian and Vegan! So it can be enjoyed by all!
Mulled Wine Recipe
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 200 grams caster sugar
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 1 whole nutmeg for grating
- 1 vanilla pod, halved length-ways
- 2 star anise
- 2 bottles of Chianti, or other Italian red wine
This is dead simple to make and tastes like Christmas in a glass. It’s a lovely celebration of those traditional festive spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you’ve got your own favourite spices, then feel free to add those to the pot too.
Let everything cook away and warm up gently so the flavours have time to mingle with the wine. I like to leave my mulled wine ticking over on a really low heat and just ladle some into glasses as and when guests pop in.
Peel large sections of peel from your oranges, lemon and lime using a speed peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod 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 I’m doing this first 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 make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles 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.
You could also give the gift of a Mulled Wine set to a friend and it would be super simple. Just buy a nice basket and a few jars that the can reuse. Measure all the spices in to one jar, and the sugar in another. Put in the bottles of wine and the oranges, lemons and limes and then they are all set to go and make their own Mulled Wine! I’m definitely going to try to make some this Christmas Eve.
Have you ever tried Mulled Wine before? What do you think of it if you have? If not would you like to try it?