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Mulled Wine

by Ms Marmite Lover from Ms Marmite Lover’s Secret Tea Party

This classic Christmas mulled wine recipe from Ms Marmite Lover is spiced up with with cloves, sugar, cinnamon and kumquats. No Christmas is complete without it.


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!

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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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