Ring in the festive season with our classic mulled wine recipe
As the nights close in and the festive season approaches, be prepared to welcome intended and unintended guests with our fast and easy mulled wine recipe.
There's probably no better way to make your home feel more seasonal than have guests greeted with the perfume of mulled wine as they walk through the door.
It's also a great way to keep the carol singers hanging outside your front door for a couple more renditions of "We Three Kings of Orient Are".
Mulled wine recipe
An absolute classic, no Christmas would be complete without at least one sip of mulled wine, be it brewed up in front of a festive fireplace or handed out on a frosty December evening.
Wine was first reported as being mulled by the Romans in Italy, the tradition spreading with their legions who had embarked on various trade missions throughout Europe.
There are dozens of variations on mulled wine, but this one is a classic and one of our favourites:
Simply heat together adding a splash of sloe gin, if you feel inclined, after removing the mixture from the pan:
- One bottle red wine
- 60g demerara sugar
- One cinnamon stick
- A pinch of grated nutmeg
- One orange, halved
- 60ml sloe or damson gin (optional)
Providing you've already purchased all the ingredients, it's super easy. Why not prepare a vat full and warm it up on the stove or in the microwave when people drop in.
If you want to go a step further, you can always buy a couple of warm wool blankets to wrap around yourselves as you stand on your porch to listen...