Mulling syrup

Mulling syrup

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 250g caster or granulated sugar
  • 2 oranges, halved
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 6 whole cloves
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

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

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • small piece ginger, sliced
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

Method

  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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naomibrook21
5th Dec, 2010
5.05
You're all so right; much better than the shop bought stuff! I made it today, had some left over and just sploshed some straight into my glass of red wine (so conveniently) at my side already) and was amazing. Will definitely do again, now I have all the spices.
yogamadcat
5th Dec, 2010
5.05
Just made this for the first time and it is FANTASTIC! It is so easy to make and your house will smell wonderful in the process! Why oh why did I ever buy mulled wine from the shops. Try this recipe its great. I did as someone else suggested and squeezed the oranges in to the syrup (although I did it before filtering), and it tastes lovely! Merry Christmas!
craftybeggar
5th Dec, 2010
5.05
Have made this three times now - a couple of gifts and one for me. Made it up with one part syrup to two parts red wine and it tastes far better than shop bought mulled wine, much gentler flavour. Wouldn't buy mulled wine again :)
tinker666
27th Nov, 2010
5.05
Oops, forgot to rate!!
tinker666
27th Nov, 2010
5.05
I made this with my mum on a snowy afternnoon! We doubled the recipe then squeezed the orange halves into the sieved syrup after cooling. We then bottled 3 500ml bottles as gifts, then sampled the rest with a bottle of Sainsburys house red wine shy of 1 full glass. It was the best mulled wine we have ever tried! Definately recommend!
barbichef
26th Nov, 2010
Excellent idea making ahead. Don't use too strong a wine. A cheaper light red is good, with a little more fruity taste. If you add a little brandy or rum to the syrup it gives it a bit of a kick when added to wine or cider. Happy Christmas.
alicla
21st Nov, 2010
5.05
Really easy to make, looks lovely in the bottles labelled with christmas tags ready for presents, tried some with cider last night, tasty, I diluted it 2 parts cider / 1 part syrup as I just wanted 2 glasses. Plan to make some more next week.
amynadine87
21st Nov, 2010
found this only made about 500ml, have not yet tried it. did anyone else get the same result or have i simmered it for too long?!
angelak10
18th Nov, 2010
Would this work with champagne?
katearbutler@bt...
15th Nov, 2010
This is lovely and very easy to make.

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