Carol’s Mulled Wine

One day a guy turned up for a dinner party at my place with 20 litres of homemade wine in a giant plastic container. The wine was quite good actually but once the container was opened the wine started going off. As it soured we starting using it for mulled wine – a task Bernard Laevens was in charge of. Bernard’s recipe was not recorded for prosperity so here is an alternative. I’ve now forgotten which Carol provided the.

Carol’s Mulled Wine

Warm, hearty Christmas offering.


  • 1.2 litres claret
  • 2 oranges
  • 12 sugar cubes
  • 12 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 600 ml boiling water
  • 1 sherry glass blue curacao
  • 1 sherry glass brandy
  • 2 nutmegs grated


  • Pour claret into saucepan
  • Finely slice one unpeeled orange.
  • Thinly pare the rind of the other.
  • Add sliced orange and orange rind to claret
  • Add sugar and spices to claret.
  • Heat slowly to a comfortable drinking temperature.
  • Add boiling water when just off the boil.
  • Stir well.
  • Add curacao and brandy.
  • Pour into glasses
  • Sprinkle wine with nutmeg

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