Mulled anything is like, the perfect festive drink, right?
I’ve been obsessed with mulled gin over the Christmas period, but since we had no sloe gin in, I decided to have a crack at making some mulled wine!
This is such a great thing to make if you’re getting the family together, and you can just leave it simmering away in the slow cooker whilst you watch your favourite Christmas films.
2 bottles of red wine
3 x star anise
2 x cinnamon sticks
4 x whole cloves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 x oranges
120g of caster sugar
Pour the two bottles of wine into the slow cooker and set the heat to high. I used two bottles of merlot, but feel free to use your favourite.
I then added three star anise, two cinnamon sticks and four whole cloves. These are what give the wine it’s mulled smell and flavour. Star anise has a kind of liquorice or aniseed scent, with cloves being very warm and Christmassy. The quantities of each of these don’t seem like much, but they really pack a punch and do far more than you would think.
Then I added a spoonful of lemon juice and the juice of a freshly squeezed orange, along with the zest. The other orange I cut into slices and added to the slow cooker.
Finally I added 120g of caster sugar and stirred the mulled wine. I left it to simmer for around two hours before sieving it into a glass to serve with an orange slice.
Anything that isn’t drank straight away can be sieved into a decanter or jug to be warmed at a later time – perfect.