The Best Mulled Wine for Every Occasion!
Mulled wine is a drink traditionally made during winter and the cooler months in countries that mainly experience snow (generally ones of European origins) and is served hot or warm. It is usually made with red wine, spices and citrus zest and juices, however other variations to make it no alcoholic would be making it on a tea base or even a juice with added spices to bring the flavor. It is a delicious beverage and the smell and flavor often remind people of the lovely festive season. Everyone has a slightly different version of this recipe, but I think this one is definitely the best I've had to date and should be made anytime of the year! This recipe can also be a base to make other mulled wine treats such a mulled wine ice cream, mulled wine jelly - the list goes on and your imagination is your only limit.
- 2 bottles of red wine (Italian is good)
- 2 Oranges (juice and peel)
- 1 Lime (peel only)
- 1 Lemon (peel only)
- 200g Caster Sugar
- 4 Bay Leaves (dried is ok)
- 1 whole nutmeg (only use 12 gratings)
- 1 Vanilla Pod (halved lengthways)
- 2 Star Anise
- 1 - 2 Sticks of Cinnamon
- 6 Cloves
- Pinch Ginger or All Spice
- Firstly using a speed peeler, peel large sections from the skin of your Lemon, Lime and Oranges (be careful to mainly just get the coloured part of the skin and not the white bitter part).
- In a large saucepan, over a medium heat add in the sugar along with the juice of both oranges. Add in the bay leaves, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and the pinch of ginger along with the peel, then add your vanilla pod. Pour in enough wine to over the sugar and ingredients and stir - generally about 1 - 2 cups.
- Let the mixture simmer until the the sugar has dissolved completely into the wine and bring to the boil. Keep mixture boiling for about 5 minutes, until the mixture has turned to a thick syrup. (A syrup base is essential if you want your mulled wine to be alcoholic, as boiling wine burns off the alcohol).
- When the syrup has become thick, turn down the heat to lowest setting and add the rest of the wine - let warm through, serve and let the good times roll...