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Mulled Wine

Merry Xmas and Mulled Wine Recipe

Winter in a glass is what I would call mulled wine! A delightfully easy recipe to make some and celebrate the Christmas spirit! 
Course drink
Cuisine british


  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 3 cloves whole
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder fresh grated works best
  • 1 pod vanilla halved lengthwise
  • 1 red wine bottle
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  • Slice lemon and orange in a thin rounds. Set aside
  • Put the sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the pieces of peel and add in the orange juice
  • Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg.
  • Throw in your halved vanilla pod (or use vanilla essence) 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 doing this first is important 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 do make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with all of the 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, orange & lemon slices and the rest of the wine.
  • Gently simmer the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it's warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve.


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