Warming mulled wine

Ho, ho, ho…this recipe from Carers Trust never fails. And it fills the house with a lovely smell….

The following recipe will make six good glasses. For more, simply add another bottle and double the measure of all other ingredients.


  1. Stud both oranges with the cloves
  2. Place the clove-studded oranges, cinnamon stick and star anise (if using) in a large saucepan or casserole dish
  3. Pour in the bottle of red (for a non-alcoholic version, try pomegranate juice)
  4. Bring to the boil and pour in about 150 grams of the demerara sugar, stirring so the sugar dissolves into the wine
  5. Reduce to a simmer
  6. After 5 minutes, taste. Add more sugar if needed
  7. Simmer very gently for another 15 minutes so the spice flavour from the cloves and cinnamon infuses the wine
  8. Just before serving pour in a generous glass of brandy (optional)


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  • 1 bottle of red wine – a young Spanish or Chilean red would be ideal (optional, for a non-alcoholic version, try pomegranate juice)
  • 2 oranges
  • About 25 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • Demerara sugar
  • A good glass of brandy (optional)


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