Scandinavian Spiced Mulled Wine

Scandinavian Spiced Mulled Wine served in six glasses with almonds in the glasses
  • 7 servings
  • 40 minutes to prepare
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  • 100g whole blanched almonds
  • 700ml red wine
  • 500ml ruby port
  • 300ml vodka
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 100-150g caster sugar depending on how sweet you like it
  • 25g dried cranberries


Pre-heat the oven to 200°c / gas 6 and boil the kettle.

Place the almonds into a small bowl and cover with boiling water, leave to soak for 10 minutes. Remove the almonds from the water then slice the almonds into thin shards and scatter over a baking tray. Roast in the oven for 5 minutes until golden, leave to cool.

Take a large saucepan; add the red wine, port, vodka, spices, sugar, orange zest and the orange juice. Bring to a simmer over a low heat, but do not bring to the boil.

To serve, remove from the heat and cool slightly. Take your serving glasses and pop a spoon into each one, the spoon will absorb the heat so the glass doesn’t crack. Ladle the mulled wine into your glasses, sprinkle over the roasted almonds and finally finish with a few dried cranberries.