Mulling syrup

Mulling syrup

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 2 x 400ml bottles
This spiced syrup works equally well for mulled wine or cider. Make a batch ahead of time for entertaining or make up a gift kit for Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal15
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 250g caster or granulated sugar
  • 2 oranges, halved



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  • 6 whole cloves



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  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ nutmeg, freshly grated



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  • small piece ginger, sliced



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  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan with 1 litre water and bring slowly to a simmer, making sure all the sugar has been completely dissolved. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 mins. Leave to cool, then strain through a very fine sieve.

  2. Sterilise your bottles by washing them in hot soapy water, rinsing well, then drying them in a warm oven. Meanwhile, rewarm the syrup until just hot, then pour into the bottles while still hot and seal.

  3. Before giving away, add labels with serving instructions: Heat 400ml syrup with 750ml red wine or cider and some slices of orange or apple. Syrup will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.

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18th Nov, 2012
Made exactly 800mls per batch with a 20ml simmer :). I'm gifting them in 330ml glass bottles I found in eBay as I've found that works well for a full bottle of wine. I agree the colour was a bit light so I suggest using Demerara sugar as it gives a much fuller colour. Note it is fine to still use 250g of Demerara sugar. I looked into using pomegranate molasses instead of some of the sugar but it is very sweet and difficult to balance colour and flavour. The basic recipe does end up quite watery but ends up with a lovey mulled wine (and goes a bit further for it). Thanks gf for a lovely recipe, great for Christmas gifts - nearly everyone will be getting some from me this year. :)
11th Nov, 2012
Made this last week. So easy to make. I also got a very runny liquid rather than a syrup. Not sure if I had the heat to low while simmering! However it still tastes outstanding. As recommended I also squeeze the remaining oranges. Delicious :)
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11th Nov, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this syrup. So easy, keeps forever and can be used for so many things as well as mulling - hot over ice cream for example! I'm adding it to some infused vodka this year to make festive liqueur.
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11th Nov, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this syrup. So easy, keeps forever and can be used for so many things as well as mulling - hot over ice cream for example! I'm adding it to some infused vodka this year to make festive liqueur.
8th Nov, 2012
It made the best mulled wine i have had and I've tried a lot of the ones the market has to offer. The syrup doesn't look like the picture but i did not care. For extra flavor i left everything in the saucepan while it cooled and then I drained it a few hour later and found the taste was even better!
3rd Jan, 2012
Brilliant! Have made several batches of this for presents over Christmas and had rave reviews back for all!!
23rd Dec, 2011
500 ml bottles: I made the spiced orange and beetroot chutney and the pickled pears then soaked the labels off the bottles of red/cider vinegar that I used so I could fill them with mulling syrup. I too squeezed the oranges before bottling and topped up with apple juice to fill bottles - could easily add other booze instead. Great batch of Christmas gifts ready to go.
21st Dec, 2011
Made a large batch for all the family - whole house smelled very Christmassy! Didn't really look like the photo but still looked lovely in the bottles with ribbon and label on. Managed to get bottles from Lakeland (but since heard Ikea have them cheaper) and got hard-to-come-by spices from - far cheaper than high street shops. Gifts were much admired & well-received by all - will definitely do it every year!!
9th Dec, 2011
I got my whole allspice from waitrose after searching loads of shops.
22nd Nov, 2011
made this up one part syrup (200ml) to two parts dry cider (400ml) and added a shot of brandy, it is lovely, im drinking as i am writing :) i will never do shop bought again :)


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