At this time of year when there’s a chill in the air you need something warming and what better than a glass of hot, Mulled Wine. Unfortunately every version I’ve ever seen is full of sugar so if I want it, it’s up to me to make my own! And luckily this recipe is so easy that you can whip up a batch in no time at all. Like my Pomegranate Bellini it’s the perfect drink to serve at your Christmas Party.
Mulled Wine is basically wine infused with sugar and spices and served warm. The only sweetener in my version is a dash of honey so it’s not as sweet and sickly as the other ones out there. You can use any spices that you like but it’s the ones that evoke Christmas memories that are so important. Cinnamon, Cloves and Orange are such Christmassy smells that you just have to include them. After that you can add anything else you like, vanilla, nutmeg, star anise etc.
To make the Mulled Wine you start by studding a clementine with the cloves. Push them through the skin all over and add this to a large pan. Add the rest of the flavours, the cinnamon, cranberries and orange slices. Then, pour in the bottle of wine (it doesn’thave to be a good one!) and warm on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively you could cheat and use a few drops of these Mulling Wine Spices that I discovered recently.
Once the wine has warmed through, add the honey and stir to dissolve. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you like it. Be careful as honey has quite a strong flavour of its own and you don’t want it overpowering the Mulled Wine. As the wine is heating through the house will smell amazing, full of the scent of Christmas spices. It’s such a worldwide drink that it’s called Glühwein in Germany, Vin Chaud in France and most countries all over the world have a version of it. Make sure to add it to your Festive parties this year!
The Mulled Wine is ready to serve when the honey has dissolved and it is all warmed through. Ladle into glasses (I like to decorate mine with festive ribbon) and serve garnished with a stick of cinnamon and a slice of clementine. I like to serve it while we’re decorating the tree. It’s a long-standing tradition in my house. What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?
Allergy & Dietary Information for Mulled Wine
This Mulled Wine recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined-Sugar Free. It’s also suitable for SCD, Paleo & Vegetarian Diets.
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