Thursday, August 22, 2013


When I picked Vanessa up from the airport nearly three weeks ago (the time is going much too fast!), I asked her if there was anything she wanted to do while she was here.

She came with a fairly open agenda, but one thing she did want to do is sit beside the fire, with her sister and some mulled wine.

The weather has been fairly crap since she arrived.  Up until a few weeks ago we have really been having the perfect Winter weather.  Frosty mornings, but clear, crisp days.  Some days it had even been nice enough to throw the doors open and let the fresh breeze in.

But since then, the rain has been coming in epic, ground soaking proportions, it's been cold and miserable, and the wind, well, it's been driving some people batty.  So last Sunday saw the perfect conditions to have that mulled wine beside the fire.

After a morning of mulch moving (Vanessa), baking (me), and bed constructing (Johnny), we set to mulling some wine.

Sending the kids off to the bath, we were able to sit for a while, amongst the baskets and clothes horses of laundry, and chat, and quaff, and watch the fire.

It is something that would definitely love to do again.


We had a look at quite a number of recipes.  This one seemed the simplest, with ingredients we had to hand.  It was a very warming tipple, but I must say, was better the next day when it had mellowed some.

750mls red wine
- 5 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- Peel of 1/2 orange
- Peel of 1 lemon

- In a large saucepan, place the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and orange peel.
- Pour in just enough red wine to cover the base of the saucepan.
- Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved and then bring to the boil. Keep boiling until the liquid turns into a thick syrup. This takes about 4-5 minutes.
- Turn down heat and add the remaining wine.
- Gently increase the heat and warm the wine for about five minutes.
- Strain the wine and serve warm!


1 comment:

  1. Yum! I love mulled wine and used to buy it by the bottle all made up in England. It was really cheap but also very very good! Love your fireside set up. Enjoy xo


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