Olly’s 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!

OLLY’S MULLED RED

1 bottle of 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:

1. Pour the orange juice and sugar into a pan and stir. Warm until they are fully blended.

2. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, half orange studded with cloves, vanilla pod and leave to infuse for a minute.

3. Add the bottle of red wine and port and warm gently for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the orange and spices and serve warm

OLLY’S WARMING WHITE

1 bottle of White Wine

A slice of fresh pineapple

A lemon wedge

100g white sugar

1 tablespoon runny honey

1 x cinammon stick

100 ml fresh pineapple juice

METHOD:

1. Put the pineapple juice and sugar into a pan and stir. Warm until they are fully blended.

2. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, runny honey and slice of fresh pineapple and leave to infuse for a minute.

3. Add the bottle of white wine and warm gently for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the fruit and spices and serve warm

OLLY’S MULLED CIDER – serves 2 -4

500ml cider

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:

1. Pour the apple juice and sugar into a pan and stir.  Warm together until they are fully blended.

2. Add the cinnamon stick and the half orange studded with cloves.

3. Then add the cider and cointreau and warm gently.

4. Put in the lemon & ginger teabag and leave to infuse for 2 minutes and then remove.

5. Warm, not boil for 10 min so all flavours infuse.

6. 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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