As far as christmas alcoholic beverages go, we think this Natural Mulled Wine recipe is pretty darn good! Extracted from one of our fave releases this year, Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe, we think this is a perfect way to get in the festive spirit!



3 oranges, juiced and peel cut into strips

1 lemon, peel cut into strips

1 lime, peel cut into strips

2 tbsp honey

2–4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

1 tsp grated nutmeg

1 vanilla pod, halved and deseeded

2 × 750ml bottles of natural red wine

2 star anise


As a special festive treat, is there anything better than a glass of mulled wine? I love the spicy aroma of the red wine warming in a pan on the hob – perfect for a chilly winter evening to enjoy with friends.

  1. Place the cut peel from all the citrus fruit in a large saucepan and add the honey, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and nutmeg.
  2. Throw in the halved vanilla pod and the orange juice and pour in just enough wine to cover all the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the honey, then increase the heat and boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened to a syrup-like consistency.
  4. Add the star anise, followed by the rest of the wine. Increase the heat to allow the mixture to warm through for a few minutes, and then serve.

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