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RECIPE: Mulled Wine

recipe - James Martin's Mulled Wine

Mulled wine recipe using the James Martin Slow Cooker

the Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles dry red wine
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • Orange slices

The method:

  1. Combine the wine and water into the crockpot then add the spices and oranges.
  2. Cover with the lid and turn to high for 2 1/2 hours then it can be turned to stand by to keep warm.
  3. Ladle into the heat proof cups or mugs to serve to guests.
  History: Mulled wine recipe has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Originating in Europe, particularly Rome and Greece, it was initially created as a way to spice up and preserve wine during colder months. The Romans called it "Conditum Paradoxum," a concoction of wine, spices, and honey. As the Roman Empire expanded, so did the popularity of mulled wine, spreading throughout Europe. In the Middle Ages, it became a staple of wintertime festivities, enjoyed for its warming properties and aromatic flavors. Today, it remains a beloved holiday tradition, with variations found in cultures around the world, each adding its own unique twist.