Mulled Wine Mix - Enjoy a Traditional, Hot Spiced Drink All the Year Round
Though traditionally drunk around Christmas, make your own mulled wine mix and you can enjoy a glass or two any time of year. So light the log fire and get ready to enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine or cider!(See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Note:Whilst you can buy specialist mulling bags, I personally use a square of cheesecloth/muslin big enough to hold a couple of tablespoons of mulling spices in the centre. 2 tablespoons is enough for one 750ml bottle. So the recipe below is enough for four 750ml bottles.
What You'll Need: (makes about 8 tablespoons)
3-4 whole star anise 2 tbsp allspice berries 10-12 green cardamom pods 2 tsp whole cloves 1 whole nutmeg 2 x 3 inch cinnamon sticks 2 tbsp chopped dried orange peel 2 tbsp chopped dried ginger root
tbsp = tablespoon tsp = teaspoon
Directions for one bottle:
Break up the nutmeg, star anise and cinnamon sticks
In a bowl, combine the cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg pieces with the cardamom, cloves, allspice, orange and ginger
Place 2 tablespoons of the combined ingredients in an 8 inch square of cheesecloth (what you don't use can be stored in a jar for future use)
Bring all the cheesecloth corners together and tie with some thread so you end up with a sealed parcel. (See photo below)
Use according to your recipe. Or, see below for how I use it
Tip: To get the best flavours out of your mulled wine mix, a good idea is to bash your parcel just before using so you crack the ingredients a bit. A rolling pin is ideal for this.
Before you bash it, first wrap the parcel in a tea towel. This will prevent the cheesecloth splitting.
Here's a Short Slideshow of How I Made it...
How to Make Mulled Wine
How to Make Enough For 1 bottle:
Pour a bottle of red wine into a saucepan and slowly heat to a simmer
Add your mulling parcel
Simmer for about 20 minutes whilst stirring occasionally
After about 20 minutes, remove the parcel with a slotted spoon and serve
That's all there is to it. Drink hot or warm and enjoy!
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