It has become tradition in the Smith household for us all to have a glass of mulled wine on Christmas Eve.
Not only does it fill the house with the aroma of festive spices but it is always nice to have a warm drink ready to welcome your visitors.
Just as important, this mulled wine recipe is beautiful if you substitute the red wine with cranberry juice for the designated drivers over the festive season.
You don’t have to use an expensive bottle of red wine for this recipe, as you’re adding lots of warm spices and citrus flavours you can always choose a less expensive wine.
– 1 bottle red wine
– 500ml white lemonade
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– Pinch of grated nutmeg
– 2 crushed cardamom seeds
– 4 star anise
– 8 cloves
– 1 orange sliced
– 1 lemon sliced
– 100g brown sugar
1. Very simply, place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, without boiling.
2. Ideally allow to rest overnight to allow all the flavours to mingle
3. To serve, strain, reheat and pour your mulled wine into heatproof glasses garnished with an orange slice studded with cloves and a cinnamon stick.
Shane Smith hails from Co Cavan and has been cooking his way around Ireland and further afield for the past 16 years, starting his training in Co. Donegal in Tourism College Killybegs and then extending his studies to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts, specialising in Pastry.
Shane has been very fortunate to have worked in and ran the pastry sections in some of Ireland’s leading 5* hotels and restaurants. Shane can be spotted all over the country carrying out his fun, interactive demonstrations with some of Ireland’s leading chefs. In September 2015, Shane was honoured to be awarded the title of “Best Bakery Manager in Ireland” in conjunction with Shelflife magazine and most recently has landed a cookery slot on Sunday AM where he can been seen regularly bringing his natural flare and love for all things sweet from the TV3 studios into the nation’s homes.