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Mulled wine

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PollyDolly Wed 16-Dec-20 11:14:45

I was thinking about mulled wine earlier today; I've always bought a bottle of pre-made to be honest, for convenience. Do you do the same or make your own? It would be lovely to read some variances on the recipes too!

Grannynannywanny Wed 16-Dec-20 11:21:12

I noticed in the drinks aisle in Tesco yesterday they are selling little bags of ingredients to make mulled wine containing spices, slices of dried orange etc.

I’d rather have a nip of whisky in hot lemonade and cloves.

FannyCornforth Wed 16-Dec-20 11:25:05

I dislike any type of hot alcohol, even (or maybe especially) the smell is horrible.
Which is a shame because I really like the idea of mulled wine.

BigBertha1 Wed 16-Dec-20 11:25:25

I dont like mulled wine but DH loves it. He says the bottled ones are awful (wine snob) but I think its smells like Benylin. I think if you like it its better to make it from the spices you like.

Nannan2 Wed 16-Dec-20 11:27:26

Saw on the 'how to spend well at christmas' show last night phillip schofield was testing some out! Some not so good & the best a bit pricey for mulled wine- but best was the one homemade by the chef! I would give it a go but his recipe included cranberries, which i cant have as im on warfarin- but any other mulled wine recipes (without cranberry) will be much welcome.Thanks all🎅🤶

AmberSpyglass Wed 16-Dec-20 11:27:37

Definitely make my own. The trick is to use clementine juice instead of orange juice, and make sure there’s a healthy dollop of brown sugar in there!

Nannan2 Wed 16-Dec-20 11:30:38

Its a shame they only tested 3 bottles& then the home- made one.(tesco own was rubbish apparently) maybe the little 'mulled bags' would be ok though?

PollyDolly Wed 16-Dec-20 11:35:36


Definitely make my own. The trick is to use clementine juice instead of orange juice, and make sure there’s a healthy dollop of brown sugar in there!

Ooh, I like the sound of that! Thank you for sharing!

Ellianne Wed 16-Dec-20 11:38:16

Adding a dash of rum enhances the flavour too.

Vintagegirl Wed 16-Dec-20 11:47:55

Yes fresh orange juice.... make syrup with spices (whole cloves, stick of cinnamon) and infuse flavours for a bit. Add wine and orange later. Alcohol can be evaporated if allowed to simmer (or not!). Float a few thin slices of orange at end. I use a slow cooker to keep at gentle heat and nice to serve from. I have a set of mini glass mugs to go with. I am thinking of having a flask of same if any park meet ups over christmas!

Nansnet Thu 17-Dec-20 10:00:09

I've used the sachets of spice before, but yesterday I made my own and it was delicious ...

1 bottle of wine
1 whole orange, peeled and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cloves
2 star anise
2-4 Tbs honey (depending on your sweetness preferance)

Bring to simmer (don't boil it!), cover with lid, and simmer for 30 mins - 3 hours.

The house smelt amazing!

PollyDolly Thu 17-Dec-20 10:04:43

Nansnet, that recipe sounds delicious but I doubt it would last 3 hours before we were drinking it! 🤣🤣

Witzend Fri 18-Dec-20 11:21:22

I bought 2 bottles in M&S the other day, haven’t tried it yet - one was for a dd.

I’ve often made it, cheap red wine, a stick or 2 of cinnamon, a few slices of orange with cloves stuck in, sugar, water, and a good slug of brandy.
Will def. be making some to go with the Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve - plus mince pies, of course! Essential beginning of my Christmas.

fiorentina51 Fri 18-Dec-20 11:38:29

We had a couple of friends over last night. Obviously we were following the rules for social distancing and we spent our time in garden in front of the chimenea plus a fire pit blazing away. Due to the fact that they were driving I made mulled apple juice. Lovely and warming.
I used 2L of 100% pressed juice, sliced half an orange and half a lemon, 5 cinnamon sticks and a heaped teaspoon of mixed spice as I didn't have any cloves. Added a grating of nutmeg and put the lot in a slow cooker for 1.5 hours on high. When I took it outside I turned it down to low so it stayed hot through the night.
Didn't add any sugar.

Mamardoit Fri 18-Dec-20 12:03:35

Thanks for that non alcohol version fiorentina51. I will keep that for another year when family can visit. It will be something festive if they are driving.

We have mulled wine on bonfire night.

Witzend Fri 18-Dec-20 14:13:09

That apple juice sounds delish!
I could just fancy some now...

Ellianne Fri 18-Dec-20 17:33:45

I got drawn in by the pretty label today. Going to open it in a bit.

Ellianne Fri 18-Dec-20 17:35:33

Damson and elderberry incase the writing on the label is difficult to read.

Notsooldat75 Sat 19-Dec-20 09:19:18

I make mulled cider, I can’t drink wine. It’s delicious and a nice change. Got my recipe via Google!

Alioop Sat 19-Dec-20 09:38:16

I make mulled cider too as I don't like red wine. M&S used to do it, but seem to of stopped stocking it so I make my own now and add a little rum for that extra kick lol. It does warm your cockles.

GardenofEngland Sat 19-Dec-20 09:41:11

Since going teetotal I make a jazzed up mulled cider. Kopparberg or Strongbow dark fruit AF cider one of those little mulled wine mix bags and one of the dried mix. All in the slow cooker. House smells gorgeous and even husband says it is very passable. Lovely with dark chocolate covered ginger Christmas cake/biscuits in all the shops now. Reminds me of my past Christmases in Bavaria!

jaylucy Sat 19-Dec-20 09:44:02

I used to make gallons of the stuff for our community carol service and it's simple! Also used to do mulled apple juice too!
A bottle of cheap plonk is the best! Add brown sugar to taste, then sling in sliced orange, a cinnamon stick or two, a few star anise if you like it and any other spices you like then warm it through to blood heat and keep it at that temp if you can. Whatever you do, don't boil it or it not only gets rid of the alcohol, but will taste bitter.

sue01 Sat 19-Dec-20 09:45:58

Each year our tiny village has a Duck Race, where we throw yellow plastic Ducks into the stream - with prizes for the winners.

This is followed by Mulled Wine.... 8 bottles every year.... I buy Co Op Mulled wine which is pretty good.... adding clementines and star anise...

But here's the tip... I warm it in a saucepan then decant it into my slow cooker ... from which I serve it with a soup ladle.

Works brilliantly every year. Apart from this year of course... when we can't do it.

Merry Christmas everyone !

pen50 Sat 19-Dec-20 09:54:33

I make a type of German mulled wine called feuerzangenbowle which uses a special rack - like a miniature bath rack - to hold an old fashioned sugar cone over a bowl of spiced wine; the sugar is doused in high strength spirits (traditionally rum but I don't think it matters as long as it's strong enough) and then set alight to melt and drip into the bowl below. Delicious!!!

libra10 Sat 19-Dec-20 10:13:11

A friend made mulled wine, and gave me a small bottle.

I found it very rich and sweet, and drank it with lemonade to tone it down a little.