Mulled Wine recipe (mix of my mum, Jamie Oliver & Delia)

Perfect for having people round on cold nights and eating with my auntie Claudette’s homemade christmas cake that I get every christmas and which I store for 11 months before eating, yum.  Best to get yourself a big pan with a tap on it so you can pour it straight from the pan.

Basically start with 2 bottles of red wine.  Delia says to use Bulgarian cab sauv, Jamie says use Chianti or other Italian wine, and mia madre says use anything cheap.  So, I don’t think it entirely matters, just put 2 bottles of red plonk in.

Then add some or all of the following:

  • Cloves – 1 orange stuck with cloves (Delia), 6 whole cloves (Jamie) OR 1 tblsp of ground cloves (mum)
  • Nutmeg – 1 whole nutmeg (Jamie)
  • Cinammon – 2 inches cinammon stick (Delia), 1 cinammon stick (Jamie), OR 2 tblsp of ground cinnamon (mum)
  • Ginger – 2 tsp finely grated root or ground ginger (Delia) OR  1 tsp of ginger (mum)
  • Lemon – 2 lemons (Delia), 1 lemon (mum)
  • Orange – 2 oranges sliced (Delia), 2 clementines (Jamie), OR 1 orange (mum)
  • Vanilla – 1 whole vanilla pod (Jamie)
  • Sugar – 6 tbsp granulated sugar or honey (Delia) OR 250g caster sugar (Jamie)
  • Other – peel of 1 lemon and 1 lime (Jamie)

Then add brandy if you want (of course you do!) – or Delia suggests Cointreau or Grand Marnier.  Delia says 2 tbsp but a good glug is probably about right. 

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan with 2 pints of water and heat to simmering point, stirring until all the sugar/honey has dissolved. Simmer it for at least 20 minutes  until your flat smells like santa’s grotto – but do not boil or all the alcohol will evaporate and we don’t want that do we.

 You can make it all up and then re-heat when people come round.  My mum suggests straining through a cloth into glasses but that sounds like hard work and I quite like all the gloop that comes with it.  Just make sure you serve in sturdy wine glasses or half pint mugs.  I like these ones:

5 responses to “Mulled Wine recipe (mix of my mum, Jamie Oliver & Delia)

  1. Sounds like my kind of recipe, all the ingredients, in roughly the right quantities, give it a stir and all will be well! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks Connie – we actually ended up adding some vodka and whisky as we didn’t have brandy and it was still really nice. Enjoy!

  2. Thanks for the mix and match recipe – the lack of strictness should egg me on this year, where I might not have bothered.

    Glad you suggest Cointreau. I hate brandy, and so couldn’t force myself to buy a whole bottle just for a pot of vin chaud! Though, I love vin chaud and gluhwein when on holiday in Europe, and it usually has brandy in it. It does work if you’re going to be authentic.

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  4. Yummbo, went 2 a Medieval festival yesterday and got a taste for the mulled wine. I must say this is even better!!!!!!!!!!!!YUMMBO!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG what have I done this could b a very wet, wine winter!!!!!!!!!!! In Queensland no less lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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