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Mulled wine

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus 30 mins infusing
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Make perfectly spiced mulled wine at Christmas. Use a good quality red wine like an unoaked tempranillo and give it a twist with a dash of sloe gin

Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal196
fat0.1g
saturates0g
carbs13.8g
sugars13.6g
fibre0.2g
protein0.3g
low insalt0.03g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins.

  • STEP 3

    To serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin (if using, see tip below) and pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.

RECIPE TIPS
ADD SLOE GIN
For a special seasonal addition, try stirring in 100ml of sloe gin, (we used Gordon's) in the final step when warming your mulled wine. 
ALCOHOL-FREE COCKTAIL
In 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.
WHAT'S THE BEST WINE FOR MULLED WINE?
You can use any good quality red wine to make mulled wine but our wine writer Victoria Moore suggests using an unoaked tempranillo if you have one. You can also make mulled rosé or white wine if you like.
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 WINE
Read our guide to making mulled wine for everything you need to know, plus some alternative recipe suggestions.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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