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: http://www.stylishlife.co.uk/mulled-wine-glass-sets-p-599.html