At the weekend a few of my friends came round for a pre-Christmas get-together. I like to have a hot festive drink bubbling away to warm them up as they come in from the cold (and, as it turned out, snowy) night air. So I pulled out my trusty slow cooker and concocted this recipe for mulled rosé.It’s a slightly lighter take on the traditional mulled wine recipe, and uses lemons rather than oranges so it’s a little more ‘zingy’. I made my mulled rosé using a bottle of i heart Rosé, and tipped a whole bottle into my slow cooker. You can warm your mulled wine on the hob, but I prefer using the slow cooker: it keeps the wine warm all evening long without needing attention, and my guests can help themselves.
1 bottle of i heart Rosé
1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar
juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod
Turn on the slow cooker, or put an pan on the hob at a low temperature. Add the sugar to the pan with the juice and zest of half the lemon.
Stir until the sugar starts to melt, then add the cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Heat gently for around 5 minutes until all the ingredients have melted together are are combined into a sugary paste.
Pour in a bottle of i heart Rosé. Turn up the heat a little and cook until it starts to produce steam. Turn the temperature back down and drop in slices of lemons (from the other half of the lemon – nothing wasted!) Keep it warmed through until you’re ready to serve.
To make your glasses look extra-pretty, rub a slice of lemon around the rim of the glass. Dip it into a plate with caster sugar and ground cinnamon mixed together. What do you think of this lighter-than-usual mulled wine recipe? I really like the tanginess of the lemon juice and it’s definitely a more refreshing version of the traditional, heavy mulled wine. If rosé is already one of your favourite wines, you’re going to enjoy this warmed-up wintery version. Let me know if you have a go at making this mulled wine for yourself over Christmas by leaving me a comment below or tag me in your photos @Cassiefairy on instagram. And please share your tips for any other mulled recipes – I love a steaming hot glass of something festive at this time of year, so I’d love to hear what you like to make too!