Homemade Spiced Mulled Wine Recipe

Posted on November 26, 2014
Serves 4
  • A decent bottle of red
  • 2 x star anise
  • 5 x crushed cardamom cloves
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon or a large stick
  • 4 x whole cloves
  • 1 ½ tbsp of honey or maple syrup 
  • 2 x large slices of a medium sized orange with peel
  • 2” piece of ginger, roughly chopped
Mulled Wine
Red wine is stated to have big health benefits – high in antioxidants, including a super-antioxidant “Resveratrol”, it also contains the fewer simple sugars and additives than most other alcohol. Quality is important so go for a rich, high quality red, and seek out a bottle of organic wine if you can.
Enjoy your homemade mulled wine after a chilly walk this December, and offer it to guests when they arrive this xmas when they need warming from the cold outside. Say it’s homemade – so chic. This mulled wine will raise your status as king or queen of mulled wine!
It can be stored in the fridge ready to reheat gently at a moments notice. Avoid boiling it – this spoils the flavour (and evaporates the alcohol :-) but do simmer the spices – not only do we want to infuse the flavour but also the other beneficial properties. Like chai tea with a kick of merry. Feel free to adapt your recipe to taste using more or less heating or spicing!
How to do it:
  • Add everything apart from the red wine and star anise, to a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water.
  • Bring to the boil before allowing it to simmer away on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes until the water has nearly gone.
  • Add the wine and the star anise, reduce the heat and let it all warm through for 4-5 minutes.
  • Strain if required, and add fresh cranberries for decoration if you wish, serve & enjoy!
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