Advent Day 1 – Mulled Wine Recipe

There are not many drinks that scream festivity in a glass than a piping hot mulled wine. You’ll probably normally nip down to the local shop and buy a stash in for the Christmas period or you’ll even sip as much as you can at the Christmas Markets, but I bet you didn’t realise just how easy it is to make it yourself.  This Jamie Olive Recipe is an absolute doddle to follow and accompanied with a few roasted chestnuts, a slab of Dairy Milk and a Christmas film you’ll be well on your way to relaxation…

Serves 10 ——-  Cooks in 20 minutes——-Difficulty: Super Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg , for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod , halved lengthways
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine
  1. Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, 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. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  2. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and 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 I’m doing 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.
  3. 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 glasses and serve

If your mulled wine was a rip-roaring success and you want to spend more time in the kitchen, or even if it was a disaster and you need to improve, then join us in our training kitchens, bakery or patisserie at The Sheffield College and get yourselves on a Catering or Hospitality course today!

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