To help you get into a festive mood and embrace the Christmas spirit, there’s nothing quite like a glass of mulled wine! Mulled wine has been around for hundreds of years, being made more festive by mentions in the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, and everyone’s favourite classic Christmas flick It’s a Wonderful Life.
To this day, it’s still a real festive treat, and delicious when made from scratch!
Check out our quick and easy recipe below to make your own yummy mulled wine. You can even add your own twist to the recipe by adding your favourite spices to the pan, or by adding more sugar and even some honey if you’d like it sweeter.
So… put on your favourite Christmas tunes, and let’s make a start!
When choosing your wine, we personally like a drop of Chianti, but the beauty of mulled wine is that the wine becomes a background base for all the other flavours… so you can use that cheap and cheerful bottle of plonk that’s been sitting in the back of the cupboard all year!
If you have the time, we highly recommend making your own wine using a wine making kit; it’s good fun, and extra rewarding to make your mulled wine from scratch! Try our 30 bottle merlot wine kit, or our 30 bottle medium dry red wine making kit, which will provide an ample supply of mulled wine all winter. If you need all the equipment for making your own wine, our 6 bottle cabernet sauvignon wine starter kit is ideal.
What you’ll need:
And here’s how to make it…
Take one of the oranges, and stud it with cloves.
Place the orange in a large saucepan and add the wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and mixed spice.
Add the cup of water and gently heat for 10 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved. Be careful not to boil it – this will evaporate the alcohol, and we don’t want that!
Slice the other orange, add to the saucepan and stir.
Sieve into a large jug, then serve and enjoy while it’s still hot!
If you’re feeling creative, serve with orange peel on the side of the glass, or use your favourite Christmas mugs instead of glasses!