As the nights draw in and all too often we arrive home with feet that need stamping back to life, you need something warming to get going again. If you’ve not tried a hearty hunk of pork pie enjoyed alongside a warming fragrant mulled wine then you’re missing out on one of winter’s best taste sensations.
These are the Vale of Mowbray’s top mulled wine recipes. Something for everyone, from classic to spicy, zesty to non-alcoholic. Stamp off the cold, hang up the scarf, and get a pan warming through on the stove.
Our Mulled Wine Top Pick for a Classic Winter Taste
This recipe from the BBC is a perfect winter warmer in a mug. It’s a classic flavour combination with the sweet notes of cinnamon resting alongside nutmeg and orange. Even if you add their twist of sloe or damson gin, the overall effect is one that will remind you of winters gone by. This is an ideal recipe for enjoying alongside a good chunk of our large pork pie. Two classics together.
Our Mulled Wine Top Pick for Discerning Taste Buds and Foodies
Jamie Oliver makes his way yet again in to our kitchen’s with this mulled wine offering. Sweet and scented, and rich with flavours including star anise, vanilla and clove, this is a mulled wine in a class of its own. If you’ve put your chef’s hat on to make Jamie’s Mulled Wine then best break out a posher pork pie. Serve alongside a good slice of our Grosvenor and Egg Pork Pie.
Our Mulled Wine Top Pick for Those Needing a Kick of Heat
3 lemongrass sticks chopped finely
3 oranges cut into 8 wedges each
1 vanilla pod split
4 star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
½ deseeded red chilli
50g root ginger chopped
3 750ml bottles of red wine, Merlot works well
300g brown sugar
In a large saucepan place all of the ingredients with the exception of the sugar. Heat slowly. As the ingredients reach simmering point, allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the sugar, according to your preferred level of sweetness. Strain through a sieve and serve immediately. This mulled wine works particularly well alongside a generous slice of our lattice County Pork Pie.
Our Mulled Wine Top Pick for the Younger Ones and Non-Wine Lovers
Ok, so strictly this isn’t a mulled wine, but it’s a perfect alternative for those who aren’t mulled wine fans but are still looking for the same warming, comforting hug from a glass of something on a cold winter night. This (link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13370/mulled-apple-juice) recipe for Mulled Apple juice, from the experts at Good Food, is a fabulous blend of spice with the natural sweet taste of apple. Incredibly simple to make, you can have it in your hands in minutes and the flavours are easy to adjust for even the most picky family members. You can’t beat a steaming mug of this served alongside our Snack Cheese and Pickle Pies. A wonderful weekend winter lunch after a long walk.
Enjoy Mulled Wine season!