Mulled wine is, for me, the real taste of Christmas. I add a drop of whiskey to mine to keep the cold at bay and add extra heat!
As soon as Halloween is over I can’t get enough of mulled wine; I usually have my first of the season on Bonfire Night and from there on it is the answer to everything. Going to see some Christmas lights? Gotta have mulled wine. Trip to Winter Wonderland? You’ll find me by the mulled wine. Long walks through the city on a cold December day? Powered by mulled wine!
One of the best things about mulled wine is you can make it in big batches and just keep adding to it if you’re throwing a party and have unexpected guests.
Nothing says Christmas like mulled wine!
For the mulled wine
- 1 large Orange sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 bottle red wine
- 20 ml whiskey or brandy optional
- 1 medium Orange sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks halved
- handful cranberries
Finely slice your orange and add to a large saucepan. Add in the cinnamon stick, the star anise, honey, vanilla and ground cloves. Mix together.
Pour the wine over the fruit and spice mix, add in the whiskey if using and place over a medium-low heat until simmering. Leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes before removing from the heat to let the flavours steep for an hour or two.
20 minutes before you're ready to serve the mulled wine, place back on a low heat and keep stirring. If you're not planning on making any more then strain the mixture into a jug to remove the fruit and spices; if you're going to keep adding to the wine - keep everything in the pan and just ladle out glasses at a time.
Serve with fresh orange slices, cinnamon sticks to stir and a handful of cranberries.
I like to add honey to my mulled wine for sweetness and warmth, you can add sugar if you prefer.
I’m not precious about the wine I use for mulled wine, but I do try and stick to the same wine when I’m making a batch. This time I used a cabernet shiraz blend.
Hands up if you could just face plant this pan?
Get the wine to the right temperature for you. I like mine to be on the hotter side of warm, but not hot and never scalding! The wine should not be left to boil.
A great party drink but also equally as comforting for a night in with some gingerbread and a good book/ Netflix binge.
Grab a glass and enjoy – Merry Christmas; cheers!
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