Food for Friends’ Mulled Wine

With a kick of chilli, fragrance of lemongrass and indulgent vanilla we think we’ve got the best mulled wine in town! We’ve been serving the same recipe for years and it’s a festive favourite with our customers, especially after a hard day’s shopping.

Serves 10-12


3 lemongrass sticks finely chopped
3 oranges cut into 8ths
1 vanilla pod split
4 star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
50g root ginger chopped
12 cloves
Pinch of fennel seeds
3 bottles (750ml each) of light red wine such as a Merlot
300g brown sugar
½ deseeded red chilli (optional)


Add all the above ingredients except the sugar and chilli into a large saucepan and heat slowly.  As it begins to boil add the chilli,  if desired. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes.  Add the sugar, a little at a time, according to taste. Then strain through a sieve and serve immediately.

This can be reheated and will last up to a week if kept in a sealed container in the fridge.

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