Mulled Ale and Mulled Wine

Mulled wine
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I don't know if there is anything as good as some mulled wine on a cold winter evening. Wine not exactly your cup of tea? No fear mulled ale is here!

What you will need to make these mulled drinks:

Mulled Ale (enough for 2.8L or 5 pints):

  • 2.5 L (4.5 pints) of strong ale
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) of brandy
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • Large pinch of ground cloves
  • Large pinch of ground ginger

Mulled Wine (enough for 3.3 L or 5.75 pints):

  • 2 L (3.5 pints) of red wine
  • 850 ml (1.5 pints) of water 
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) of brandy
  • 115 g (4 oz) of caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 oranges
  • 50 cloves
  • Thinly pared rind and juice of 4 lemons
Mulled Ale
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How to make mulled ale:
Put all of the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and heat gently, making sure to stir until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to heat so that its simmering but not boiling. Now remove the saucepan from the heat and serve the ale straight away in heatproof glasses.

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine
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How to make the mulled wine:

Prick the skins of three of the oranges all over with a fork or a knife. Stuff the cloves into them like studs and put aside. Thinly pare the rind of the rest of the oranges and squeeze the juice from them.

Put the lemon and orange rind and juice, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Make sure to stir occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for about 2 minutes without any stirring, remove from heat, stir it once and leave to sit for 10 minutes.

Strain the liquid into a heatproof jug. Make sure to press down on the contents of the sieve to extract all the juice and flavor.

Pour the wine into a separate saucepan and add the strained spiced juice, the brandy and the clove studded oranges that you set aside earlier. 

Simmer gently without boiling, then remove the saucepan from the heat.

Strain into heatproof glasses and serve hot.

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