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Mulled wine

Serves: 4

Time: 30 mins


  • 1 Bottle Red wine
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Red Apple
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 1tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 18 Cloves
  • 1 Star anise
  • 100g Caster sugar (plus more to taste)



  1. Push the cloves into the oranges and apple
  2. Cut the oranges and apple in half
  3. Using the zester side on a grater or zester zest the lemon
  4. Pour the wine into a sauce pan and put on a medium heat
  5. Add the orange and apple halves, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg and zest to the wine
  6. Bring the wine to almost simmering point (where bubbles are slowly appearing at the sides of the sauce pan) and add the sugar
  7. Allow the wine to simmer for 10–15 minutes
  8. Give the wine a taste and add more sugar if needed
  9. When ready to serve, sieve the wine, return to the pan and pour into warmed glasses


It is important to try and not allow the wine to boil as the alcohol will evaporate (Which is the best part!). The sugar is also a vital as you need to get it just right. This depends on the wine that is being used. Some wines are sharper than others. That’s why it’s important to try the wine and add more sugar if needed.

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