Homemade Mulled Extract

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To me mulled wine or mulled cider is the perfect thing on a cold winters day. I often bring it with me in a thermos when we go for a winter walk, in Richmond park on weekends or make at home after a cold walk to warm up on.

But lets be honest, mulled wine or cider definitely taste best if it is made from scratch, but it is also a bit time consuming and if you just want to jump strait under a warm blanket with a mulled drink in hand to warm up, you just can’t be bothered with the time it takes to make it from scratch.

But that is where homemade mulled extract comes in handy, as it only takes minutes to make, with the same great taste. Not only is it essentially the same as making it from scratch, but you are not loosing as much of the alcohol (though you are watering it down a bit) as you just have to heat the mulled extract and wine or cider up very gently. If you only making one glass or if one person want mulled wine and the other mulled cider, this also solves that, as this makes single serving very easy. Simply mix 1 part mulled extract with 3 part red wine, white wine, cider or apple juice (if you want to make an alcohol free version) and heat up gently. Sweeten with more maple syrup or sugar if needed.

This will also make a great present or host gift for someone, simply tie a tag on the bottle with a nice ribbon and write Christmas Mulled Extract on one side of the tag and instructions on the other. “ To make: add 1 part mulled extract to 3 part red wine, white wine, cider or apple juice. Gently heat up, sweeten if needed and enjoy”

1 organic orange
5 star anise
2-4 cinnamon sticks (depending on how big they are)
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon whole cardamom
1 tablespoon whole allspice
6 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar
600ml water.

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Wash and cut the orange into eight pieces and add to a medium size pan, along with the other ingredients and place a lid on top.
Bring to a simmer and let it simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
Take the pan of the heat and let it cool. once cooled, place in fridge for 2-12 hours, depending on how long you have.
Strain, pour into a bottle with a cap and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Please let me know if you try this.