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‘Tis the season to get jolly and embrace the festive spirit with a cheeky twist! Celebrate the festive season with a classic favourite – mulled wine. This heartwarming beverage, also known as Glühwein, is a staple at Christmas markets. Our easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through creating this aromatic and delicious winter drink at home.
Ingredients (4 small cups):
- Red wine (For best results, we recommend using Chianti. However, any dry red wine can be used) – 1 bottle;
- Clementines – 2 pcs;
- Lemon – 1/2 pcs;
- Lime – 1/2 pcs;
- Caster Sugar – 100 g;
- Whole cloves – 3 pcs;
- Cinnamon stick – 1/2 pcs;
- Bay leaves – 2 pcs;
- Nutmeg (grated) – 1/3 tsp;
- Vanilla pod – 1/2 pcs;
- Star anise – 1 pcs;
- Start by washing the fruits thoroughly. Peel big pieces from the lemon, lime, and clementines.
- Combine the fruit peels, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, nutmeg, and juice from the clementines in a large saucepan (cooking pot).
- Cut the vanilla pod lengthways and add it to the saucepan.
- Over medium heat, add enough red wine to cover the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Bring the mixture to a boil until it forms a thick syrup.
- Reduce the heat, add the star anise and the rest of the wine. Heat gently for 5-7 minutes, avoiding boiling.
- Serve in heatproof glasses, and enjoy!
For a perfect winter picnic, pair this mulled wine with our Winter Picnic Guide.
Enjoy the Warmth of the Season!
Remember, this recipe is adaptable for larger parties – simply double the ingredients for two bottles of wine. Share the joy of the season with a glass of homemade mulled wine!
Have you tried this mulled wine recipe, or do you have your own special twist to share? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share this cosy recipe with your friends and family!