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Christmas is at mine this year and I couldn’t be more excited. Planning my easy, affordable and no-fuss Christmas early has had my excitement growing, and fewer things encourage the Christmas spirit more like the scent of testing Mulled Wine recipes while listening to Christmas Hymns.
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My Mulled Wine recipe is just for you if you too want Christmas to be enjoyable, affordable and stress-free- it’s simple, quick, and warming.
The beautiful thing about Mulled Wine is that it’s so customisable. While I think my spice selection makes for a tasty brew, you can really just throw in whatever spices you have and it will be delicious. Use up your own spice collection, and if you’re low only stock up on spices you know you’ll use more.
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Don’t go out of your way to buy an expensive bottle of red for Mulled Wine either since you’re going to be heating and flavouring it. Look out for deals which you’re bound to come across in the lead up to Christmas. I bought a nice low alcohol bottle of red at a very affordable price.
Mulled Wine Recipe
2x 750mls Bottle Red Wine
1 tbsp Coriander Seed (optional)
1x Cinnamon Stick
1x Star Anise
6 Cloves, or half tsp ground
½ tsp Ground Allspice (optional)
½ of a whole Nutmeg, grated
Honey or Sugar, to taste
1. Lightly toast your spices on a low heat before adding half of one bottle of red wine to a large, heavy-duty pot. Add your honey or sugar (I add only a couple of tablespoons at this point), a sliced orange, and grate in a generous portion of nutmeg. Bring to a rapid boil.
2. Allow to boil for at least 5 minutes. The idea is to create a concentrated flavour base. Add in all your wine during this step to burn off the alcohol if desired.
3. Add in the rest of the wine and lower the heat, heating gently for around 5-10 minutes.
4. Use a ladle and strainer to pour into glasses, add some thin slices of orange.
5. Simply keep topping up the spices with more wine if you run low, and adjust the sweetness to keep the festivities going!
Did you know that Mulled Wine, much like my traditional Irish Shortbread, makes for a very easy and affordable Christmas gift? Click here for some cheap and easy Christmas gift wrapping inspiration, and check out our Mulled Wine tutorial while you’re at it!
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