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Mulled Wine Syrup

This easy recipe makes THE BEST mulled wine syrup that will transform any bottle of red wine magically into a festive Christmas drink. Make ahead and use as and when needed. Cheers! 🍷
4.75 from 4 votes
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fruit syrup, mulled wine
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 glasses of wine
Alter quantities (metric only) 10 glasses of wine

Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients you'll need...

  • 4 clementines or 2 large oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • ½ grated nutmeg
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or bean paste
  • 270 g light brown muscavado sugar or light brown sugar (US - 1⅓ Cups)
  • 4 tbs Mulled wine jam or any dark berry jam optional
  • 185 ml red wine (1 small bottle) or any wine, including mulled wine

Here's what we do...

  • First, peel your clementines and split them into segments.
  • Slice your lemon and lime into slices of about ½ cm width.
  • Then add all of your ingredients into your large saucepan and stir together.
  • Heat on a low setting until your sugar has dissolved.
  • Turn the heat up to high and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Fast simmer until the liquid has reduced to a light syrup. This should take around 5 minutes.
  • If making mulled wine, pour in 2 bottles of red wine and heat gently until warm but not boiling.
  • If keeping your syrup for later use, leave it to cool and infuse for a few hours then tip the mixture into a sieve pushing the fruit down so that the liquid is separated. Freeze the syrup and discard the fruit.
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Supporting Notes

  • To check if your sugar has dissolved, tip your saucepan to a 45 degree angle so that the liquid slides to one side. If there are no sugar granules still appearing then you are all set!
  • Just want one glass of mulled wine at a time? Decant your Mulled Wine Syrup using a sieve and discard the fruit, cinnamon stick and star anise. Then freeze in ice cube trays. Then, when you fancy a glass of mulled wine, just defrost an ice cube of Mulled Wine Syrup, add your red wine, heat up a bit and job done!
  • Let you mulled wine cool and infuse for few hours if you can before using.
  • When making mulled wine heat it very gently. Boiling it will destroy that alcohol.
  • Use a slow cooker to heat up your mulled wine and keep at the perfect temperature.
  • When making your mulled wine from this syrup, pretty it up with sliced orange, chopped apple and slice lemon.

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