Definitely one of my most favourite parts of Christmas! I love mulled wine, so much so that I can easily forget it’s alcoholic and perhaps have one too many! I don’t really drink too much throughout the rest of the year, so it really is a treat. Topics on health and alcohol can be a bit of a grey area, but red wine is just far to good to ignore completely!
Health benefits of red wine
Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratol (found in the skin of red grapes) which can help protect our cells against damage. For less excessive drinkers (one glass every other day), research suggests that moderate wine consumption could potentially lower the risk of heart disease. Studies have also shown that moderate wine consumption can improve the balance of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) to HDL (“good” cholesterol), which can help prevent LDL from causing a block in our arteries.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- The juice and peel of 1 large orange
- The juice and peel of 1 small lemon
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- 2 star anise
- 60g of coconut nectar/sugar
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (about a 1/4 of a teaspoon)
Squeeze the juice from the orange and lemon into a large saucepan. Next, either using a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife, slice off as much of the outer peel of the fruits as you can. Add the peel to the saucepan along with the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and coconut sugar. Mix together, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until you get a dark syrup.
Turn the heat down to a low heat and add the red wine and star anise. Heat for about 5 minutes, by which point the mulled wine will be hot and ready to serve. Maybe add a small slice of orange and a cinnamon stick to your glass of mulled wine. Enjoy!
Note – If you prefer to not use red wine, try adding grape juice instead.