The Wedding Affair’s Cocktail Of The Month… Winter Mulled Wine
Good morning! There is only 5 days left until the big day, and we are pretty excited here at The Wedding Affair HQ! Christmas, of course, is a time to be spent with friends and family. It’s a time for sharing, giving, and not to mention the over eating (and, possibly over drinking)!
For today’s Cocktail Of The Month we thought it was only right that we chose to go with mulled wine, a festive favourite that is enjoyed by many! Whether you are serving this winter warmer at your luxurious wedding, or having it with your Christmas dinner. We know it will go down an absolute treat with all of your guests, friends and family.
Although mulled wine is available on tap in most bars, and readily available from vintage vans in Christmas fairs, it can be something that is quite hard to get right. There is definitely a certain art to making mulled wine, so take inspiration from today’s recipe and try it out for yourselves.
The recipe that I am using today is Jamie Oliver’s. I went into one of his Italian restaurant’s not too long ago, and it was one of the best glasses of mulled wine I had ever had – not too sweet, and not too spicy either! So, without further ado, here is one of our Christmas favourites, Jamie’s recipe for “Christmas In A Glass“.
Ingredients to serve 10…
- 2 clementine’s
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 200 g caster sugar
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 1 whole nutmeg , for grating
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 star anise
- 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine
- Peel large sections of peel from the clementine’s, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler
- Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
- Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
- Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason you do this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
- When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.
Do take a look at the video attached above from Jamie Oliver’s website, for a more in depth tutorial of how to make the most perfect mulled wine! Also, do let us know your favourite mulled wine recipes in the comments section below, is there anything that you do differently for a slightly unique taste, or what spirits do you like to include? Have fun making, and drinking this recipe, we hope you love it as much as we do!
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