Spurred on by the memories of drinking mulled wine in Christmas Markets on Eurpoean city breaks, I have been trying a out a few traditional European ‘Glühwein’ recipes, and this one is pretty fail safe – give it a go!
Basic Mulled Wine
- 1 bottle (750ml / 25 oz) bottle dry red wine
- 3 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 orange, sliced
- 3 -4 tablespoons sugar
Pour wine into the slow cooker pot on medium setting. Add all ingredients to wine and leave to infuse for half an hour while the house fills with the most festive smell ever.Taste the mulled wine: If it is not spicy enough, you can leave for longer or add a few more of the spices. Depending on the type of wine used, you might want to add extra sugar at this point, too.
Remove all of the floating spices from the wine (but leave the orange slices) and serve in glass mugs with a brown sugar rim. Awesomely, this stuff tastes great reheated the next day – just be sure to remove the spices once it tastes just right to stop the flavours becoming more powerful.
Sloe Gin Mulled Wine
If you want to make your winter tipple a little bit more boozy, you can add a shot of sloe gin to each glass of wine right before serving. Gordon’s sell their own version if you haven’t been organised enough to make your own!
For other mulled winter drinks recipes, including hot buttered whisky, head to the Waitrose Cellar.