13 November, 2017
Christmas, Lifestyle

The Only Mulled Wine Recipes You Will Need This Festive Season

13 November, 2017

Mulled and merry!

 

Mulled wine is a festive staple. For every holiday party, work event and carol singing session over the next two months, you can bet this festive tipple will be somewhere nearby. Whilst reaching for a bottle of M&S’s ready-made offering is tempting (we’ve been guilty of this ourselves one too many times), making your own is super easy and a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. Planning your own holiday do? We have three recipes for you which are sure to see you right through the holidays, and fill your apartment with those heavenly scents… ‘tis the season, after all.

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The Only Mulled Wine Recipes You Will Need This Festive Season

A Traditional Take…

Are you a traditionalist at heart? This is the recipe for you. Using classic spices and fragrant fruits, the result will warm any scrooge’s heart.

Recipe adapted from: Jamie Oliver

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 bottles of Italian red wine
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 whole star anise

Method

1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.

2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.

3. Add the cloves and cinnamon stick, along with about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a thick syrup. This creates a wonderful flavour base, and really gets the sugar and spices to infuse the wine. You need to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you use both bottles of wine too early, it will burn off the alcohol.

5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add the star anise, along with the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine for around 5 minutes, and then ladle into heatproof glasses to serve.

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The Only Mulled Wine Recipes You Will Need This Festive Season

A “Healthier” Take on The Classic…

Similar to our first recipe, this recipe still has the classic flavours everyone knows and loves, but with a slightly lower sugar content. Using a stronger sweetener like maple syrup allows you to use less, compared to using normal white sugar, so we plan on having an extra glass of this one!

Recipe take from: Hemsley and Hemsley 

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 5 cardamom cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 thick slices of a medium orange, including the peel
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 whole star anise

Method:

1. Put everything, except the red wine and star anise, into a medium saucepan with a cup of water (add more water if your pan is big).

2. Bring to the boil and let it simmer away on a medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes until the water has nearly evaporated.

3. Add the wine and the star anise, reduce the heat and let it all warm through for 5 minutes.

4. Strain (if you like), decorate with fresh cranberries and serve.

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The Only Mulled Wine Recipes You Will Need This Festive Season

Something Different…

Traditionalists look away now. Not only does this recipe call for white wine instead of the usual red, but it also incorporates a light cider into the mix. A light and fresh take on the seasonal classic, we love the addition of elderflower here. One for the mulled wine haters out there! 

Recipe taken from: BBC Good Food

Ingredients (makes about 10 glasses)

  • 2 bottles white wine, medium-dry is good
  • 500ml bottle light cider
  • 150ml elderflower cordial
  • zest 2 lemons (pared into strips using a vegetable peeler)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons caster sugar 

Method

Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat until steaming but not boiling. Ladle into mugs or glasses to serve, and keep the rest warm on a low heat.

Featured image by www.thespruce.com, sourced via Pinterest, image #1 credited to Jamie Oliver, image #2 credited to Hemsely and Hemsley, image #3 credited to BBC Good Food

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