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Get in the spirit of the season with
our mulled wine and drink ideas
There’s nothing quite like a glass of something warm, spiced, honeyed or buttered. Mulled wine, or gluhwein, leads the way in popularity with its yuletide flavours of cinnamon, orange and cloves.The famed Christmas markets of Germany brought us this classic Bavarian tipple, but even if you don’t get a chance to visit one this year, you can make your own with our mulled wine recipe below.
Mulled wine - Serves 6
1. Pour 750ml of full-bodied red wine, such as Marqués de Calatrava Organic Selección Reservada, into a pan.
2. Add 6 tbsp honey, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 sliced orange or 3 sliced clementines, 300ml water, 5 cloves, 1 star anise and a vanilla pod, split.
3. Bring to a simmer and warm gently for 10 minutes then add 50ml brandy and stir well.
4. Strain, if desired, into a warmed bowl then ladle into 6 heatproof glasses or mugs.
Hot buttered whisky - Serves 4
Fight off the cold with this delicious Scottish classic. Mix 30g softened unsalted butter with a small pinch each of ground allspice, ground cloves and ground cinnamon and a small grating of fresh nutmeg. Beat in 20g soft light brown sugar, then chill until ready to use. Heat 450ml whisky, such as Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, with 200ml water until hot but not boiling and pour into 4 mugs. Dollop a small teaspoon of the spiced butter into each mug and serve immediately.
Rum, rose and cardamom hot toddy - Serves 4
Add a touch of the exotic with this Middle Eastern inspired take on a hot toddy. Pour 300ml golden rum, such as Mount Gay Barbados Rum, into a pan and add 200ml apple juice, 50g caster sugar, 4-5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed and heat gently. Add a few drops of rose extract and serve.