Olly’s fab mulled wines—

It’s that time of year for deliciously warming boozy treats and Olly has the perfect recipes for his own mulled wine – red and white and a special mulled cider.

Here are his recipes – time to get brewing!

Mulled Wine

1 bottle Red Wine

1 x cinammon stick

1 x star anise

half an orange studded with 3 cloves

1 x vanilla pod halved lengthways

50ml port

100ml fresh orange juice (no bits)

100g  dark brown muscovado sugar

METHOD:

  • Put the orange juice and sugar into a pan and stir.  Warm until they are fully blended.
  • Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, half orange studded with cloves, vanilla pod and leave to infuse for a minute.
  • Add the bottle of red wine and port and warm gently for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the orange and spices and serve warm

 

Warming White

1 bottle Fruity White Wine (e.g.Yalumba Viognier from Waitrose or Majestic)

thick half slice of fresh pineapple

a lemon wedge

100g white sugar

1 tablespoon runny honey

1 x cinammon stick

100 ml fresh pineapple juice

METHOD:

  • Put the pineapple juice and sugar into a pan and stir.  Warm until they are fully blended.
  • Add the cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, runny honey and half slice pineapple and leave to infuse for a minute.
  • Add the bottle of white wine and warm gently for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the orange and spices and serve warm

 

MULLED CIDER – serves 2 -4

500ml  cider (e.g. Aspalls)

200ml fresh apple juice

1 x lemon and ginger herbal tea bag

50ml Cointreau

1 x cinnamon stick

1 x heaped tablespoon muscovado dark brown sugar

half an orange studded with 3-4 cloves

METHOD:

  • Put the apple juice and sugar into a pan and stir.  Warm together until they are fully blended.
  • Add the cinnamon stick and the half orange studded with cloves
  • Then add the cider and cointreau and warm gently
  • Put in the lemon & ginger teabag and leave to infuse for 2 minutes and then remove
  • Warm, not boil for 10 min so all flavours infuse
  • Serve warm

 

NB Please do not boil the drinks, this will make the spices bitter and you lose the booze!

If pre-preparing, remove spices and fruit and keep warm.

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