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Mulled Wine - the great Christmas or Post-Christmas indulgence

 

Christmas is a vague memory from a foggy 2021, but it is still cold so the Mulled Wine might stay on the menu a bit longer this year.

Coming from a hospitality & events background, the thought of Mulled Wine brings back wonderful memories of merry patrons dancing and singing to Christmas songs inside and out at our Christmas events.

Although it was always hot, it didn’t take much to get people into the mood. With a couple of mulled wines under the belt, even the burliest rugby playing man would bellow out a little “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey.

This is what you’ll need:

  • As many boozers as you can collect
  • 3 bottles of cheapish wine (around ÂŁ5) Cab Sav is best
  • 150ml of Cointreau
  • 150ml of Vodka (Absolut is my favourite)
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • Half a vanilla pod
  • 12 star anise
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves
  • 3 Stony Groves Fragrant Long Peppercorns
  • 150 grams of white table sugar

Our Stony Groves Fragrant Long Pepper has fragrant and spicy elements, making this mulled wine “like nothing you’ve ever tasted”.

It’s SOOOO easy that you could do a batch most cold days (for evening consumption obviously). Simply slice up the fruit, crush the pepper and place everything in a large pot and slowly heat and stir regularly. DO NOT BOIL, otherwise you’ll burn off all that lovely alcohol and what’s the point of that.

Simmer at a low heat for half an hour, then serve in a glass mug or wine glass. DONE, DUSTED, time for a drink, bugger it’s not even 5pm.

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