Christmas Cheer: Mulled Wine

Come Christmas season, and all we want to do is soak in the holiday spirit with good food and good company! Here is a classic Christmas recipe from Jamie Oliver for Mulled Wine, a warm drink of spiced wine to keep you company through the cold evenings. It is a personal favorite of mine! Enriched with warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg,  mulled wine is a surefire crowd pleaser.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas! May this festive season bring love and light into your lives.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 fresh oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 star anise
PROCEDURE:
  1. Peel large sections of peel from the oranges, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.
  2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the sliced apple and pieces of peel and squeeze in the orange juice.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg.
  4. Halve the vanilla pod length-ways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  5. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil.
  6. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you get a beautiful thick syrup. The reason for this step is to create a wonderful flavor base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It is important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
  7. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine.
  8. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it is warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

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