Nothing says Christmas quite like the fragrant aroma of mulled wine filling the air. Here at Wellbeing Sisters, we are quite partial to a cheeky glass of organic wine (or two!), so we’ve combined this passion with our love of all things festive to bring you our delicious organic mulled wine recipe.
Organic means produce that is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, ensuring that no chemical nasties make it into your food and drink. In Europe, for wine to be certified organic it must only contain organically-grown ingredients and synthetic additives are banned from being added, so there’s less sugar, and fewer sulphates (these help to preserve the wine). All this means that organic wine is less likely to contain many of the artificial chemicals and toxins that are bad for our health – so you don’t have to feel quite as guilty when you enjoy a glass!
Although we think you’ll agree our mulled wine is rather more-ish we do of course recommend drinking it in moderation to keep your health and wellbeing in tip top condition (and to avoid any unwanted headaches the next day!).
1 750ml bottle organic red wine
A good slosh of good-quality brandy
1 large orange
3 whole cloves
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
½ a whole nutmeg, freshly grated
Optional: 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup to add a little sweetness
Using a sharp knife, cut the orange in half and push the cloves into the skin of one half. Then, place all the ingredients (except for your honey or maple syrup) into a large saucepan. On a low-medium heat, bring the pan to a gentle simmer, taking care not to boil.
Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover with a lid and leave for 20 – 30 minutes.
Strain the wine through a sieve into a heatproof jug to remove the orange and spices, these can then be discarded. Taste the wine and add the honey or maple syrup if desired, before serving warm in heatproof mugs or glasses.
Wellbeing Sisters top tip: For a more intense flavour, combine the ingredients a few hours before heating the wine, this way the orange and spices will have more time to infuse the wine with their aromatic properties.