Is there anything quite as festive as mulled wine? I like to start every festive season with a glass! And, ideally, a trip to the nearest Christmas market. There’s something about all the lights and sights and smells of Christmas Markets that literally starts the feeling of Christmas for me.
However – those Christmas markets? That mulled wine? Pretty pricy! In Manchester, you’re looking at about £3.50 – £4 for about 3/4 cup. Not forgetting the deposit for the cup, another £2. Despite loving my first cup of mulled wine of the festive season, there is a part of me that gapes at handing over £12 for two drinks!
Enter, upgraded, homemade mulled wine. Upgraded, you ask? How? The addition, my friends, of amaretto.
Amaretto makes everything that next level of awesome.
Homemade mulled wine vs shop bought
I make my own mulled wine for this, but if you prefer to buy it premade simply omit all the ingredients including and above the water. Premade mulled wine tends to already be weaker, so you don’t need to add the water, and it’s prespiced and presweetened too, so you get to skip all that too.
However, I’ve been enjoying mugfuls of this spice combination for a few weeks now, so it’s kind of my go-to favourite combination…. and you know. Stronger.
Homemade Mulled Wine with Amaretto Recipe
- 1 clementine
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 bottle red wine 750ml
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 tbsp brown sugar ~20g
- 1 cup water 250ml
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup
- 6 tbsp amaretto 90ml
- Peel strips of zest from the orange, lemon and the lime. Add everything to a saucepan over a medium heat.
- Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to as low as possible and put a lid on the saucepan. Simmer for a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of an hour (the longest I've been able to wait!)
- Serve in sugar rimmed glasses with segments of the orange, if you didn't eat it all whilst making the mulled wine!