If you are looking for an easy and delicious mulled wine recipe, Jamie Oliver Mulled Wine is a hot mug of Christmas holiday tastes. This recipe lends itself well to additional spices you might like to add to the mix. This drink is heated slowly to infuse the flavors and this makes a really special warm and soothing holiday treat.
Jamie Oliver Mulled Wine
- 2 bottles Red Wine (Italian Chianti is preferred)
- 2 Clementines juiced
- Peeling from 1 Lemon
- 250 grams Caster Sugar
- 1 Vanilla Pod (halve a whole pod)
- 3 Bay Leaves (fresh if possible)
- 2 Star Anise
- 1 Nutmeg (whole)
- 6 Cloves (whole)
- 1 stick Cinnamon
The first step is to make the syrup. In a large saucepan over medium heat combine clementine juice, sugar, 10 or 12 nutmeg gratings, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and halved vanilla pod. Add just enough wine to cover the sugar. Add the peelings from the lemon, lime and the clementines. Stir the mixture well and simmer. When the sugar is dissolved completely, bring the mixture on up to the boil. Cook at a roiling boil for at least 4 to 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy. This step is very important in order to infuse the flavours into the syrup so that in blends right into the wine when you mix it in. You cannot boil alcoholic beverages like wine, or they will lose all of their alcohol content. This is the reason that you only use enough of the wine to cover the sugar when you start making the syrup, and save the alcohol for the treat at the end.
When the syrup is thick reduce the heat to low. Stir in the star anise and all of the wine. Heat the mixture slowly for about 5 more minutes, until it is steaming hot. Strain and pour into mugs or glasses and serve it hot.
The mulled wine can be kept hot on low heat in the saucepan or in the crock pot on warm.