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Prepare Yourself Some Rockliffe Cheer

The mulled wine served with Rockliffe Hall’s festive afternoon tea has proved a big hit with guests so we thought, with Christmas only a few days away, you might like the recipe!

But first here’s a bit of mulled wine history.

It originates from the 2nd Century when it was created by the Romans who would heat wine to help keep them warm during the colder months.

Their love for mulled wine spread as they conquered much of Europe and the popularity of mulled wine continued to grow throughout the Middle Ages. Europeans later mixed heated wine with spices because they believed it would promote health and avoid sickness.

Here’s Rockliffe’s Old Hall Mulled Wine recipe.

1½ litres Ganache Red
200g golden sugar
1 tbsp vanilla essence
½ tsp powdered ginger
½ tsp mace
½ tsp cinnamon
3 cloves
Zest and juice of 3 large oranges
2 bay leaves
4 star anise
A pinch of nutmeg powder
Pour all the ingredients into a large covered pot and bring to 90˚C. Don’t allow it to boil.
Allow to infuse for 3 hours then strain and serve immediately with a small twist of orange in each cup.