Spice up Christmas with a Glass of Mulled Wine

Nothing quite says Christmas like the spiced aroma of mulled wine. Here’s a delicious and easy recipe to make your own mulled wine at home.

Each year, when we put the Christmas tree up, Mark and I always have mulled wine – it’s part of our Christmas tradition. I’ve tried several different recipes over the years, but this one is my personal favourite.

My recipe is based upon one which was in a Christmas magazine so many years ago that I can’t remember the original source.

It’s important to choose the right wine as the base of your mulled wine. You don’t want one which is so harsh that you wouldn’t drink it normally, but likewise it’s not worth splashing out on a seriously high end bottle when you are going to add so many different flavours to it.

I don’t like very heavy reds but I usually go for something with a bit of body, like a Malbec or a Shiraz Cabernet, rather than a lighter red like a Grenache.

I’ve also used a Tarrango from Brown Brothers when I can find it in the shops. In the summer months, I normally drink Tarrango lightly chilled, but it’s also very good warm and spiced.

Mulled Wine

This mulled wine is really easy to make, and tastes delicious. Use a decent bottle of red wine, but don’t feel that you have to spend a fortune on it.

Servings: 6
Author: Sally Akins
Ingredients
  • 1 orange
  • 75 cl red wine
  • 100 ml weak Earl Grey tea
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 tbsp brandy or to taste!
Instructions
  1. Wash the oranges in warm water, scrubbing them to remove any wax coating. Cut the fruit in half and then slice thinly into half-moons.
  2. Pour the wine into a large saucepan, stir in the tea, sugar, spices and fruit and heat over a low heat til the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Increase the heat slightly and simmer gently for 15 minutes. The wine should never boil or the alcohol will evaporate, you want the surface of the wine to just gently shiver
  4. Stir in the brandy and taste, adding more sugar (or brandy!) if required.
Recipe Notes

If you’re not serving the wine soon after making, strain it to prevent the flavour of the fruit and spices becoming overpowering. Reheat gently when you are ready to serve – remember, you don’t want to evaporate off the alcohol.

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