A perfect mulled wine for your thermos

I long for that time of year again where I can breathe in the delicate aromas of mulled wine wafting through the house. But don’t be fooled: it’s not just an indoors drink, and there is something so utterly luxurious about warming your hands around a glass of mulled wine, wrapping yourself up in a blanket, and sitting in a beautiful scenic spot of the countryside. 

Below is a recipe I have adapted slightly from Jamie Oliver’s website. It’s not only delicious, but deliciously alcoholic…


  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 limes
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 bottles red wine (Chianti works well)
  • 2 tablespoons of rum (or even better, fruit liqueur).


  1. First of all, stick one of the oranges with all the cloves and put to the side.
  2. Peel sections of the remaining orange, lemon, and limes and put them in the pan, together with the juice of the peeled orange, the sugar, and a tiny bit of the red wine to coat. Simmer and reduce until it is a thick syrup, and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, peppercorns and clove studded orange to the pan, along with the Chianti. Put on a medium low heat, and wait until the wine is steaming. Then add the rum to taste, and pour into your thermos!

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