- 750ml bottle red wine
- 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
- 2 star anise
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- 4 cloves
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- 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
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- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 100ml sloe gin (we used Gordon's) (optional)
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Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins.
Remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins.
To serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin (if using) and pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.
Alcohol-free cocktailIn the morning, put 1 litre cranberry juice, 1 litre apple juice and 1 litre sparkling water in the fridge to chill. When your guests arrive, mix the juices together with a few fresh cranberries and some apple slices in a really large jug or serving bowl, then top up with the sparkling water.
How long will mulled wine keep?If you mull your wine and have any leftovers you can keep it for 24 hours in the fridge. It may keep for a day longer, but if you have added fruit it's advisable not to leave it longer than 24 hours, or it may start to ferment.
How do you serve mulled wine?Mulled wine should be served in heatproof glasses or other receptacles that can resist heat. You don’t have to serve it at boiling point so make sure it has cooled a little before transferring it to glasses. Reheat as necessary.
How to make mulled wineRead our guide to making mulled wine for everything you need to know, plus some alternative recipe suggestions.