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Everybody likes mulled wine at Christmas. However, if you’ve just come in from a long walk in the cold, having passed a brass monkey crying his little eyes out, it can be a bit of a kerfuffle to start messing around with cinnamon sticks, grated nutmeg, etc when you just want a quick warming drink.
Fortunately, you can buy mulling syrup. This just needs adding to some red wine in a saucepan (and an optional dash of Cointreau, brandy, etc), warm gently (DO NOT BOIL), and job done. Lakeland sell a very nice Gourmet Mulling Syrup, although others are available on Amazon.
Mulling syrup is the special ingredient for my own little concoction the Christmas Costs Cocktail.
- Take two measures of vodka (or gin), one measure of sweet vermouth and half a measure of mulling syrup.
- Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Repeat as necessary.