Red, red wine… it has some pretty great health benefits. Natural polyphenols help cells fight free radical damage and increase levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, while procyanidins reduce blood pressure.
Add a pinch of ginger, a few sprigs of cinnamon (both great anti-inflammatories) and medicinal spices like cloves and star anise, and you’ve got yourself a potent health tonic… otherwise known as mulled wine.
By making your own at home, you can curb the sugar content. Here’s a recipe from Hemsley & Hemsley:
Ingredients (Serves 4)
5 cardamom cloves, crushed
1 tsp of ground cinnamon or 1 large cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
1½ tbsp maple syrup or 3-5 drops of liquid stevia
2 thick slices of a medium orange including the peel
2 inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
1 bottle of red wine
2 star anise
1. Put everything, except the red wine and star anise, into a medium saucepan with a cup of water (more water if your pan is big).
2. Bring to the boil and let it simmer away on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes until the water has nearly evaporated.
3. Add the wine and the star anise, reduce the heat and let it all warm through for 5 minutes.
4. Strain (if you like), decorate with fresh cranberries and serve.
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