Who’s ready for an amazing mulled wine recipe? You are? Me too! But first, lemme tell you a story of where this recipe comes from!
When I was a teenager my brother and sister (and therefore my parents by proxy) were involved in the medieval community in Sydney. This of course meant a lot of my teenage years were spent around medieval fares, banquets, and people who dressed up in chain mail and whacked each other with swords.
Considering I was more into Nirvana and black eyeliner than gauntlets and sword fighting, it’s needless to say I wasn’t the happiest about the fact I was so often dragged along to these events. Although, the dresses were very pretty and the people I was able to meet during these events were incredibly interesting and opened up my teenage mind to thoughts I would never have otherwise considered!
Another positive of that time comes from my family’s social activities within that community. My dad, you see, was the go to man when you wanted mulled wine. He had a secret recipe that he refused to share, a favourite vineyard whose location he’d refuse to disclose. Although I wasn’t technically allowed to drink, my dad always let me have a wee glass, and I fell head over heels in love with mulled wine – not in a way that a teenager loves all alcohol, but in a way that reminded me of the snow-capped peaks of a home I’d never been too, but have since found.
Like reverse home-sickness, I guess!
Anyway, given I am now home in Scotland and have those snow-capped peaks on my doorstep, it’s understandable that come these cold, dark months, that mulled wine is not only a warm memory, but a necessity, and although my father’s mulled wine was a secret to most he did let me in on his little secret many years ago!
And given the spirit of Christmas is all about giving, I’m going to share with you my dad’s secret recipe!
Just remember, as you are flavouring the wine it’s not vitally important that you have an amazing wine to work with, but please don’t buy goon or boxed wine. If you do, you will have to play around with the sugar and/or acidity levels to cut through whatever of booze you’ve bought!
Mulled Wine Recipe
What Will I Need?
1 bottle red wine (a shiraz or cab sav)
1/2 cup brandy
2 tbsp brown sugar
5 whole cloves
1/4 nutmeg, grated (1/4 tsp ground)
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 clementine, orange or mandarin, sliced
1 slice lemon
- Place all ingredients in a large pot over a low heat.
- Heat through until lightly steaming and sugar has dissolved.
- Serve warm.