Festive recipe – mulled rosé wine

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.

INGREDIENTS

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

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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.

STEP 3

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.

SERVING

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!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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