Festive Mulled Wine Recipe
Meandering through the German market at Christmas time, tasting the delicious treats and drinking mulled wine is something I miss from home. It really gives me that excited Christmassy feeling that I haven’t been able to recreate in Korea. As I mentioned in my post Birthday Treats Equals Not Such a Healthy Week, I attempted to make mulled wine for the first time at the weekend. In my opinion, it was quite a successful attempt, even though my pan was a bit too small and I couldn’t find all of the ingredients suggested in the recipe.
I used a combination of two recipes, one from Dreaming of Winter and one from BBC Food. I used some different ingredients to these recipes because I couldn’t find them easily in Korea. This recipe made 7 medium cups of wine.
750ml bottle of red wine (any cheap wine will do)
1-2 cinnamon sticks OR 10cm cassia bark
Whole cloves (enough for about 4 in each orange slice)
1 dried bay leaf
2 oranges, sliced
140ml (1/2 cup) orange juice
140ml dark rum
3/4 cup of dark cane sugar (the amount of sugar will vary depending on the wine and your individual taste)
1. Slice one of the oranges. Push about 4 cloves into each orange slice (see my picture).
2. Pour the wine into a pan.
3. Add the cinnamon (or cassia bark) broken into smaller pieces, bay leaf, orange slices, orange juice and dark rum into the pan.
4. Put the stove on the lowest heat it can possibly go and stir all of the ingredients together.
5. Stir on and off for 30 minutes. Don’t let it boil because you will lose the alcohol from the wine.
6. After 30 minutes taste the wine and gradually stir in as much sugar as you need. This might require adding some sugar, then tasting, then adding more sugar and tasting…I’m sure you get the point! When enough sugar has been added, let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.
7. Now you can serve. I used a sieve so nobody had a bay leaf or piece of cassia bark in their drink. Slice the second orange and add a slice to each drink. Enjoy!