Mulled Wine

Ms Marmite Lover's Secret Tea Party
By Ms Marmite Lover
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I sold this at The Underground Christmas Market at my house in London. (Yes you name it, I’ve done it from my house: supper clubs, tea parties, brunches, markets, conferences, a home bakery, I’m a cottage industry.) Some guests said it was the best they’d ever had. 

I give my recipe below, but I must admit I had a batch on the go on the black enamel surround of the Aga for several weeks. Every time I walked past, I would sling in the remnants of a bottle of booze, a few whole cloves, a handful of sugar or another stick of cinnamon. Last weekend I added the leftovers of my caramelised kumquats. Once you’ve finished the wine you can add more, just check the balance of sugar to wine and keep going! It’s a flexible alcoholic stew!

Serves 8-10


2 bottles (75cl each) red wine
2 oranges, sliced
250g kumquats, halved
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 star anise
250g sugar (any kind)


Put all the ingredients into a large pan and heat through until warm and gently simmering (but don’t let it boil), stirring occasionally. Ladle or pour into glasses and serve.

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