On the sixth day of Christmas…

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…a mulled wine recipe using spices from SMBS.

As the cold weather draws in and the decorations start to go up, who doesn”t love a glass of mulled wine?  Using ingredients from SMBS on Lordship Lane, this is my recipe for you to make at home.

Tweak it to suit your tastes – more orange, less ginger, star anise instead of all spice berries…whatever takes your fancy – and then curl up in front of It”s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually or The Snowman with a large jug full and a big plate of mince pies.


10 cloves
5 allspice berries
3 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
large pinch blade mace
1 bay leaf (optional)
2 strips fresh root ginger
3 thick slices of orange (about half an orange)
3 strips of zest from an unwaxed lemon (I use a potato peeler to do this)
1-2 tbsp golden caster sugar (to taste)
1/2 litre water
1 bottle red wine


Put the cloves, allspice berries, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, blade mace, bay leaf, ginger, orange, lemon zest, sugar and water into a large pan (depending on your tastes and the type wine you use you may need more or less sugar, so best to add just a little and adjust at the end). Bring to the boil and then turn the heat right down. Simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water has reduced by at least half.

Add the wine and heat slowly and gently, taking care that the wine doesn”t begin to boil (you don”t want to be losing any of that alcohol…). Once the wine is hot, taste and add more sugar if required.

Strain into glasses or a large warm jug and serve.

The Lowdown

SMBS sell all of the spices, sugar and fruit for this recipe. Some of the spices come in big bags and will make many many glasses of mulled wine.

SMBS Foods
75 Lordship Lane
SE22 8EP
Tel: 020 8693 7792

*Thanks Naomi, for this great article. you can visit her website: http://eatsdulwich.blogspot.com/ and follow her on twitter @EatsDulwich.

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