Spurred on by the memories of drinking mulled wine in Christmas Markets on Eurpoean city breaks (remember those? sob!) I have been trying a out a few traditional European ‘Glühwein’ recipes, and this one is pretty fail safe.
I use a slow cooker as it keeps a nice consistent temperature, and doesn’t risk boiling the alcohol away. It also fills the house with them most amazing smells, so is great to put on a couple of hours before your guests arrive, or whilst you’re doing your gift wrapping.
Basic Mulled Wine
- 1 bottle (750ml / 25 oz) bottle dry red wine
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange, zested and sliced
- 60g golden caster sugar
To make more, just double the quantities on all ingredients.
- Pour wine into the slow cooker pot on a low setting. Add all ingredients to the wine and leave to infuse for an hour while the house fills with the most festive smell ever.
- Taste the mulled wine; if it is not ‘spiced’ 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 pour into glass mugs. Add a cinnamon stick to serve.
- Awesomely, this stuff tastes great reheated the next day – just be sure to remove the spices once it tastes just right to stop the flavour becoming overpowering.
Sloe Gin Mulled Wine
If you want to make your winter tipple a just little bit more boozy, you can add a shot of sloe gin to each glass of wine right before serving. Celtic Country Wines sell their own version if you haven’t been organised enough to make it yourself this year!