Liz Earle, creator of the award-winning Liz Earle Beauty Co.has created this fab mulled wine recipe. I’ve been using Liz Earle products for years – and I’m always so envious of her fresh faced beauty. I don’t exactly need an excuse to drink mulled wine at Christmas time as tend to make it each year as a treat on Christmas eve but this year I’ll be making the recipe below, safe in the knowledge that it might be doing me some good as well as tasting delicious!
“If you’re in need of a little seasonal cheer, why not enjoy a glass of delicious mulled wine. Adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise also boosts our antioxidant levels. This is my personal favourite recipe which will be served to guests at an upcoming candlelit carol concert in aid of my charity, LiveTwice. A heart-healthy winter warmer!” – Liz Earle
Use the below as a guideline, but feel free to add your own additional spices such as vanilla and cardamom.
· 2 oranges, organic (or well scrubbed)
· Peel of 1 lemon (organic, un-waxed or well scrubbed)
· 100g caster sugar
· A generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
· 3 sticks cinnamon
· 6 cloves, plus extra for garnish
· 2 fresh bay leaves
· 2 bottles of fruity inexpensive red wine, preferably organic
· 500 ml water
· 5 star anise
Peel and juice one orange into a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and all the spices apart from the star anise.
Add just enough water or a little wine to cover the sugar, then simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to boil for a few minutes to infuse the spices until you have a sticky syrup.
Then add the bottles of wine and star anise to the pan and heat gently until warm.
Be careful not to let the mulled wine boil at this stage otherwise the alcohol will burn off, together with many of the healthy benefits of red wine!
Ladle into glasses and decorate with a wedge of orange (studded with a few extra cloves if you wish).
To make a less alcoholic version, simply add a little more orange juice and water.
For a non-alcoholic version, replace the red wine with cranberry juice.