Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Mulled Wine
Warm and spicy alcoholic drinks have always been a popular festive drink in winter. Mulled wine was a Victorian favourite and a non-alcoholic version, Negus, was even served to children.
4 cinnamon sticks
5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
small handful cloves, or to taste
1 orange, zest only
1.5 litres/2 pints 12¾fl oz port wine or claret
Serves: 6-8 people
Place two wine glasses of water, and the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and orange zest into a saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer, stirring regularly, until the mixture has reduced to form a thick syrup, about 15-20 minutes.
Add the port wine or claret and stir well. Increase the temperature until the mixture is piping hot, but not boiling.
Serve immediately in wine glasses. Strain the mixture before serving, if desired.
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