Mulling syrup

Mulling syrup

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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



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

  • 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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22nd Nov, 2011
I got whole allspice in my local health food shop which is where I get all my herbs and spices - WAY cheaper and environmentally much better! Bottles are all in 200, 250 and 500 ml though :(
27th Oct, 2011
To Raquel, look online at Lakeland they sell different sized bottles. Also Wilkinson sell bottles for homebrewing.
27th Oct, 2011
I've tried all my local large supermarket chains but can't find whole allspice. Does anyone know where I can get them or what I can use instead?
27th Oct, 2011
Really really good recipe and very easy for the recipient...however, 400ml bottles??? Where might one get them?!! They would be perfect as it's the right amount for one bottle of wine, but I've searched in vain...hmmm!
16th Dec, 2010
Have just made this recipe for pressies the colour as someone commented was nothing like the picture ! wish i had squeezed in juice and was not enough to fill the two bottles will have to add some brandy to it
16th Dec, 2010
Great for Giftgs and a quick tipple!!
16th Dec, 2010
Made it last week for gifts...I put it into small bottles (150ml) just right for a couple of glasses ! only one left ...Seems as though I well have to make more for the gifts ;-) .. Peter
8th Dec, 2010
I made this for the first time today, followed the recipe exactly and it never turned into a syrup it is just a runny liquid still ..... any idea why it didn't turn into syrup?!
7th Dec, 2010
This is a great idea, not just as a pressy but also handy to have so you can knock up a warm mulled drink in just five minutes, blinking brilliant. I'll be sending bottles to friends who are lumbered with the bulk of entertaining, hopefully this will be a welcome short cut and I'll get invited every year! Just one point, I strained it thru 2 layers of muslin and it was nowhere near the nice clear syrup pictured. I'm not bothered and its what I expected but it does annoy me that the pictures are more styled than realistic. Whats the point, I'd rather no pic at all.
6th Dec, 2010
Awesome I made this for a party and added 100ml of brandy and 100ml of Grand Marnier and then split the syrup between two saucepans and added cider to one and red wine to the other. Went down a storm!!!


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