Mulled Wine

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Mulled wine smells, and tastes like Christmas, which means that it’s necessary to make it on the 1st December to kick off the Christmas spirit! So that’s exactly what I did – as well as putting my signature Christmas candle on! Just after lunch my flatmate and I whipped up a quick batch of mulled wine in preparation for our screening of Love Actually.

This is a cheeky adaptation of Jamie Oliver’s recipe, (which you can find here). These ingredients are only for one bottle of red wine, but it can easily be scaled up depending on how much festive fun you want to have! So get your Christmas jumper and festive socks (these are my top picks this year) on, get the red wine out and get cooking!

You’ll need:

  • One bottle of red wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 clementine
  • 100g white sugar (1 cup)
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon 
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 vanilla pod split in two
  • 1 whole nutmeg for grating 
Roughly peel the lemon, lime and clementine and pop the peelings into a big pan. Add the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, 10ish gratings of nutmeg (more if you like!) and just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

Let this come to the boil, and bubble away until all the sugar has dissolved and you’re left with a lovely thick, syrup-y liquid that smells like Christmas! It should take about 5 minutes. 

Turn down the heat and add the rest of your bottle of wine and let it simmer away for 7-10 minutes until the wine is nice and warm and serve in big mugs in front of a Christmas film. Perfection.

Merry Christmas!

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