Mary Berry makes mulled wine for the festive season on Mary Berry’s Absolute Christmas Favourites.
Mary says: “The smell of mulled wine alone is enough to make the home feel Christmassy – keep a pot of this on hand for visitors.”
The ingredients are: 1 large orange, 3 lemons, 12 cloves, 2 satsumas or clementines, 2 x 750ml bottles red wine, 2 cinnamon sticks, 150g caster sugar (optional) and brandy, to taste (optional).
To prepare the wine, peel the zest very thinly from the orange and lemons using a vegetable peeler the squeeze out the juice and set aside.
Stick the cloves into the satsumas.
Pour the wine, 1.2 litres of cold water, and the citrus peel and juices into a large, heavy-based saucepan.
Add the clove-studded satsumas and cinnamon sticks then bring the mixture to the boil and reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering.
Cover the pan with the lid, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour.
Stir in the sugar gradually during cooking, until the mulled wine is sweetened to your liking.
Strain the mulled wine and serve hot in cups.