Here’s some Christmas cheer . . .
I hope my mulled wine recipe will really get you into the festive spirit!
1 Fairtrade lemon
1 Fairtrade lime
1 Fairtrade clementine
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
6 whole cloves
4 fresh bay leaves
Pinch of grated nutmeg
2 bottles of red wine
250g Co-operative Fairtrade caster sugar
Put the caster sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over a medium heat and add the peel of your lemon and lime. Stud pieces of clementine peel with cloves and add.
Squeeze in the juice of the clementine (being careful to remove any pips).
Add the cinnamon stick, grated nutmeg, bay leaves, star anise and half a bottle of red wine.
Allow this mixture to simmer for around five minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Once the sugar has dissolved and you can smell all the aromas of your spice mix, add the rest of the red wine, simmer through and then turn down the heat.
Leave on the heat for a further five minutes to warm the rest of the wine through, then ladle into mugs or Irish coffee glasses to serve.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes