There is something truly festive about the smell from warm mulled wine in the air. Its spicy aroma conjures up a cosy feeling inside and lets you know that, Christmas is coming! Whether you’re out enjoying the delights at the local Welsh Christmas Markets or you’re snuggled up in one of our static caravans for sale in Towyn, mulled wine is there for you when you fancy a tasty tipple. You see, the thing with mulled wine is that it is so simple to make when you are at home or at a friend’s house, or in your holiday home. So let’s give it a try, shall we? Here’s our guide to making mulled wine for your own home pleasure, and please do let us know how you get on. Oh, and we’ve made the recipe a ‘party-sized’ one, just in case you want to share! Makes up to 12 servings:
- 2 unwaxed oranges.
- 1 lemon, peel only.
- 150g caster sugar.
- 5 cloves, plus extra for garnish.
- 5 cardamom pods, bruised.
- 1 cinnamon stick.
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.
- 2 bottles of fruity, unoaked red wine.
- 150ml ginger wine.
1. Peel and juice 1 orange. Add to a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and spices. 2. You should pour in enough wine to just cover the sugar. 3. Gently heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. 4. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until you have a thick syrup. 5. Meanwhile, if you’re serving the mulled wine immediately, stud the second orange with 6 vertical lines of cloves, and then cut into segments to use as a garnish. 6. Turn the heat down, and pour the rest of the wine into the saucepan, along with the ginger wine. 7. Gently heat through and serve with the orange segments as a garnish. Alternatively, you can allow the syrup to cool, and pour it into sterilised bottles for use at a later date. Image: rpavich under Creative Commons.