This mulled wine syrup recipe is more of a mixer than a syrup, but it makes a wonderful Christmas gift when paired with a lovely bottle of red wine and some festive decorations.
I think people really appreciate homemade gifts so much more than something purchased.
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What do you think? I love to put some homemade gifts on a plate or in a little basket and wrap it up for a lovely hostess gift or present. Things like homemade vanilla, a liqueur, candy or even cookies are usually gifts everyone will enjoy and won’t be cast aside or re-gifted!
What is Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine is just red wine (usually) which has been infused with spices, then heated and served warm. Have you ever had mulled wine? It’s such a wintery and festive beverage, but definitely isn’t nearly as popular in the US as it is in the UK and Europe. It’s served as gluhwein at all the Christmas markets in places like Germany and Austria, and in France it’s known as vin chaud (hot wine).
Conveniently, mulled wine syrup takes just a few minutes to make and all you really need are pretty bottles and ribbon. If you’re really creative, you can make some lovely labels, too. I won’t lie, I’m not only making this to give away, as I love mulled wine!
There’s no need to mix up spices when you want to enjoy mulled wine or cider: just add the syrup to your beverage of choice, heat and serve! I wouldn’t add it to apple juice, as I fear it’d be much too sweet.
I adapted this from a BBC Good Food recipe and added fresh squeezed orange juice which makes the mulled syrup cloudy (which doesn’t bother me as the flavor is fabulous). Is this something you’ll try? Let me know in the comments below. You can gift this along with a bottle of wine or hard cider for a thoughtful gift.
Mulled Wine Syrup (for Hard Cider too)
adapted from a BBC GOOD FOOD recipe makes about 1 liter
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
Wash the bottles and place in a warm oven to dry completely.
Place all of the ingredients in a pot and stir to dissolve sugar over medium low heat. Bring to a simmer then continue to cook for about 30 minutes.
Allow to cool, then strain the syrup before pouring into prepared bottles.
Finally, print or write the directions to be added to mulled wine syrup in the bottles for gifting and for use.
Heat 12 oz (3/4 c) mulled wine syrup with one 750ml bottle of red wine or hard cider;
garnish with orange or apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks.
Syrup will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
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- 25 oz water (about 3 cups)
- 6 oz sugar (3/4 cup)
- 2 oranges, cut into a few pieces (squeeze the juice from half an orange)
- rind of one orange
- 3 to 5 cloves, depending on preference
- 4 allspice berries (or add 1/4 tsp ground allspice)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Wash the bottles and place in a warm oven to dry completely.
- Place all of the ingredients in a pot and stir to dissolve sugar over medium low heat. Bring to a simmer then continue to cook for about 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool, then strain the syrup before pouring into prepared bottles.
- Directions to be added to bottles for gifting and for use: Serving directions: Heat 12 oz (3/4 c) syrup with one 750ml bottle of red wine or hard cider; garnish with orange or apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks. Syrup will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
Makes a great holiday gift.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 107Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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