Mulled wine and knitting

So a couple of friends came round last night for a Knit and Natter evening (not part of any official knitting group but just because friend S1 does not like the idea of knitting and bitching – which is more or less what we did anyway) and some food and drinks.

Knitting wise – I only managed four rows of the lovely (read blinkin) throw. I did manage to get S1 started on the jumper she bought the wool for exactly a year ago! I found out that the knitting group at my local library is a hotbead of creativity and have been convinced to go next time I’m around.

Food and drink wise – I made the MOST delicious mulled wine I have ever tasted. I wasn’t really concentrating on quantities so if you try the below recipe you may have to adjust to taste:

Ultra Spicy Mulled Wine

(I’ve just realised I don’t know how to get rid of the space between lines so sorry for longer than necessary – visually speaking – ingredients list)


1 orange

1 bottle Merlot

1 cup soft brown sugar

7 green cardamon pods – crushed

Cinnamon bark, 1 to 2 sticks

1 inch + piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced thickly

Orange juice


Chilli flakes (optional)


Peel the orange leaving as much of the pith as possible on the orange.

Place the peel in a large pan along with the sugar, cinnamon, cardamon and ginger and heat over a low flame/heat until the sugar has melted and begun to caramalise.

Add a very small pinch of chilli flakes if desired (this will be spicy without the chilli because of the ginger) and then add the bottle of red wine. The spiced sugar mixture will harden initially but will dissolve in the wine, stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

Cut the orange into round slices and add to the pan along with a cup of orange juice and one or two cups of water.

Continue to heat gently without boiling until thoroughly hot.

Serve in a mug. Or whatever you fancy really.

Allow ONE bottle of wine per person! Yes really.


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