Homemade mulled wine is incredibly easy to make on the stovetop (or simmer in the slow cooker), and you get to customise it with all your favourite spices and add-ins, and it is SO friendly and delicious. Perfect for winter and when friends come over! And ‘Blueberry’ Mulled Wine adds a novel & interesting twist.
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine (try it with our blueberry wine)
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
- optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favourite liqueur)
- optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat. (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.) Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.
*Depending on taste, leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.
**You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.
Every winter we get a bit silly and offer deals to visitors who wear gumboots to our cellar door. And we’re not the only ones!! Check out all the different deals and competitions going on around the Yarra Valley over on the Gumboot Season website.
When you come to our cellar door in your crazy boots, you’ll instantly get 10% off all take home cellar door purchases.
And if you buy a bottle of wine, and sign up to our mailing list, you’ll go into the draw to win a 6 pack of Blueberry wine. Better still, if you take a photo of yourself in your boots at our cellar door, and upload it to facebook / instagram and tag us, you’ll get another entry into the competition to win the wine!
Here’s to donning your boots and getting on out the Yarra Valley. Show us how you reBoot! 🙂
Enjoy a free glass of award-winning St Ronan’s Cider or a blueberry style moscato with one of our lovely grazing platters mid-week this winter.
Just mention this mid-week winter offer when you order and choose either a free glass of moscato or a pot of apple cider. This offer is available every Monday, Thursday and Friday til end of August.
Sit by the fire in the cellar door with friends and unwind over a share platter and a glass of something. Unbeatable really – especially when that glass of something is FREE!
Have you heard of Mums Who Wine? They are a lovely group of Mums who have seen there’s a real need for self-care among Mums, they are all about women supporting other women, it’s a girl thing, and we at Badger Creek Blueberry Farm are an affiliate, which gives members a 10% discount at our cellar door.
Mums Who Wine are launching in the Yarra Valley at Rochford Wines on 26 July, so be quick and grab a ticket, go along, have a wine and find out more. You might even win yourself a 6 pack of our wine in their raffle.
Click here to buy tickets to Mums Who Wine launch.
Quantities aren’t something I rely on, I like to use what I have and go by feel and when I stir it all in together, make sure it’s not too wet, (too many grated vegies) nor too dry (too many breadcrumbs). Buy the best (pork) sausage mince you can and if you want, trick it up with all your favourite herbs.
salt & pepper
Mix all the above together (except the pastry, egg and sesame seeds!) and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spread mince mixture onto sheets of pastry, roll and cut into the size chunks you want. Place on a baking tray and baste with egg wash (I prefer a silicone pastry brush) and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake til brown, then place on cooling rack.
They freeze beautifully – so cook up a nice large batch at a time. 🙂
1/ 2 cup (125 ml) milk or coconut water
375 g blueberries
1/2 an avocado
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup (125 ml) yoghurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Blend all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into glasses, add a zingy sprig of mint and drink immediately.
Could it be any simpler?!