One of the great things about winter is that as the nights get colder and darker it’s the perfect time to have a glass of mulled wine to keep yourself warm. The team at The Old Government House Hotel, finds there is nothing like the aroma of a good mull to start the festive cheer.
The perfect mulled wine recipe
- 2 x bottles of decent Chianti red wine
- 2 Star Anise
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 Whole nutmeg
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 4-6 cloves
- Skin of 1 lemon and 1 lime
- 4 clementines
- 250g caster sugar
- 150cl port
Once you have all your ingredients assembled, open your red wine and pour yourself a quick glass – well it is almost Christmas!
To start put the skin of your lemon, lime and clementines into a large pan and squeeze the flesh of the clementines for their juice, throwing in the remaining pulp once done. Add your vanilla pod, cloves, caster sugar (you can also use brown sugar or jam), some grated nutmeg (to personal taste – i normally use 10-15 gratings), cinnamon and port and cook on a low heat occasionally stirring so the sugar melts in and all flavours can infuse together. After 1 hour, or more, you should have your base created. Now add your Chianti and star anise to the pan and gently heat, being careful not to boil as this will burn off the alcohol.
Pour into a glass and enjoy with friends and family! Alternatively pop in for a visit and i’ll serve you up some of mine.