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Sunday 18 November 2012

Magical Mulled Wine...

This weekend has been a crazy one for all three mice - HK mouse has been living it up in luxury in Shanghai whilst the London mice have been cosying it up in the country! 



It is safe to say we're feeling a little festive bringing you advent calendar options yesterday and today a fabulously merry mulled wine recipe! It was tried and tested this weekend and we can report that it tastes mighty fine and will get you in the Christmas spirit in seconds! 

We cooked it up in our cottage kitchen (creating the best cinnamon aroma), decanted into thermos flasks and took it on a long country walk...perfect! 

We used a good old Jamie Oliver recipe - delish and not too sweet or sickly. You will need...

2 clementines
peel of 1 lemon
peel of 1 lime
250g caster sugar
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg
1 whole vanilla pod, halved
2 star anise
2 bottles red wine

To make...

1. Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime  

2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. 

3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. 

4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil.

5. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. 

6. When your syrup is ready turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and both bottles of wine (we also added a clove studded orange into the wine for extra flavour - not required but made festive pictures for the blog post and some extra Christmassy flavour!)

7. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses (or thermos flasks!) and serve

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