Wander around any Christmas market in Europe and you’ll become enveloped by the sweet aromas of mulled wine. Perfect for warming you up and removing the cold winter chill.

Makes approximately 40 drinks.

Essence:

4 handfuls of raisins

300ml port

1 bottle red wine (merlot or shiraz)

250g brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tbs whole cloves

1 tbs cardamon pods

For the wine:

1.5L red wine (merlot or shiraz)

200ml brown rum

200ml vodka

200ml fresh orange juice

Peel of 1 orange

100g slivered almonds

Method:

  1. Soak the raisins in the port for at least 2 hours
  2. Pour the bottle of red wine into a large pot. Add the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon and heat to just below boiling point. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Separate liquid with a sieve.
  3. Add the red wine, spirits, orange juice and peel to the essence. Heat to just below boiling point, then add the raisins, port and almonds.