The aromas of Christmas

When making Mulled wine, the aromas of the Christmas spices, and orange will scent your home for days!

Not only does Mulled wine, scream festive break, pair really well with all Christmas menus, but it also can go into the cooking and the desserts too! Yes, you can make poached pears in mulled wine for dessert, or a mulled wine winter fruit salad. How about reduced mulled wine as a sauce for various desserts? It can be made into a sauce for your turkey instead of the same old cranberry sauce. It can be used in cooking duck and other game meats. And if not, then nothing beats a crisp afternoon outdoors by the fire pit, sipping on this spiced warm wine! You see, no matter what quantities of mulled wine you make they will always be consumed, so go on, bring out those bottles and get mulling!

While red remains the world’s favourite wine for this purpose, all wines can be used here. Of course each type should be paired with aromas and flavours that pair well with it and bring out its unique character. It is exactly like pairing wine and food. Why not try a new mulled wine this season, why not have three different ones for your Christmas dinner? Watch the video below for inspiration.

Nothing beats this 🙂



Serves: 6
  • 1 bottle Burgundy or your preferred red wine
  • 6g Demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 18 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 orange, sliced into 6 thick slices
  • 6 cinnamon sticks for garnish

In a saucepan, on medium heat, place all the ingredients except the 6 cinnamon sticks.

Heat the mixture gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat off. Make sure not to boil the wine or the alcohol will evaporate.

Taste the sweetness, and add extra sugar if you like it sweeter.

Pour into serving mulled wine cups/mugs, garnish each with a fresh cinnamon stick, and add a few slices of the orange in each mug.

Serve warm!


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