...Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Technically its not christmas until you've guzzled down a glass of hot mulled wine, making it at home is so much more satisfying and rewarding then buying a store bought version not only does it taste 10x better it gives your house that perfect christmas smell that even a yankee candle can't compete with.
This recipe is adapted from the almighty Jamie Oliver's mulled wine recipe and is one that I make every year for all my family, theres nothing better then sipping on this whilst your peeling your spuds for christmas dinner!
...What You Need
- 2 x Oranges
- 1 x Lemon
- 1 x Lime
- 200g Caster Sugar
- 6 x Whole Cloves
- 2 x Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 x Whole Nutmeg (Grated)
- 1 x Vanilla Pod
- 3 x Bay Leaves
- 2 x Star Anise
- 2 x Bottles of Red Wine
Now I'm no wine connoisseur I couldn't even begin to tell you what red wine to get normally I just reach for whatever is cheapest In the shop and that always tends to work well - recommendations of your favourite reds to use for mulled wine would be amazing!
- Take out a large saucepan and place on the hob on a low heat, add your sugar
- Peel large sections of the fruit and place on top of the sugar, squeeze the juice out of the orange all over
- Now add In all your spices, except for the star anise, half the vanilla pod and pop that in as well now pour red wine over just enough to cover the sugar and spice mix
- Give it a good stir and let it simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved then bring to the boil keep it on the boil for about 5 minutes or until its formed a thick syurp
- Now turn the heat down low again (We don't want to burn the alcohol off now do we?) add the star anasie and pour the rest of the wine in, let it heat up slowly make sure you give it a good stir
- Once its hot enough its ready to serve, so drink up and be merry!
Let me know if any of you guys try this, I love seeing all your festive food creations I'm thinking egg nog next, what do we think?