Mulled Wine

mulled wine

I love Christmas,  I love everything about it.   Christmas carols, the cooking, the shopping, the crowds, mince pies and when it snows its always says mulled wine.  We make mulled wine every year in the scullery but this year I thought I'd try Jamie Olivers recipe for a change.   I followed the recipe as it's written but used French red instead of Italian.

Mulled Wine
  1. 2 clementines
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 1 lime
  4. 200 grams caster sugar
  5. 6 whole clove
  6. 1 cinnamon stick
  7. 3 bay fresh leaves
  8. 1 whole nutmeg
  9. 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthwise
  10. 2 star anise
  11. 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red
  1. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Add pieces of peel from the 3 fruits and the juice of the clementines.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg.
  4. Add the halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  5. Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil.
  6. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes or until you've got a thick syrup.
  7. Turn the heat down to low, add your star anise and the rest of the wine.
  8. Gently heat the wine for about 5 minutes. DO NOT LET IT BOIL.
  1. *Verdict.
  2. *I made the mulled wine to the recipe but used French wine. The result was nice but next time I'd add 3 bottles of red wine as we found it to be too sweet. There was some left so I just topped it up with wine and reheated it the following day - we preferred it like this. Altogether a very, nice warming recipe.
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