August 26, 2015

Sumo Mandarin Mulled Wine

Sumo Mandarin Mulled Wine - www.shenannagans.com

Waaaay back when I was a gawky teen, before ‘boys’ and all the scary grown up crazy antics of being an adult were a thing. I had one of those school teachers who was a super-dork, I’m talking tartan & corduroy suits with a wool tweed bow tie to match, kind of nerd. His absolute addiction to the subject of Arthur & Guinevere and the shenannagans of superwoman Morgan le Fay in books like The Mists of Avalon magically translated to me. I found myself fascinated and begging the parentals to buy me books and movies on the subject to fully immerse myself.

Sumo Mandarin Mulled Wine - www.shenannagans.com

Spice things up on a chilly night….

It seemed to me that back in the day, life was one BIG merry party with all those dashing Knights in shining armour swishing back goblets of Mulled Wine and feasting on massive amounts of cooked meats, and as a kid that didn’t much care for eating vegetables, I figured if skipping the greens was good enough for them, it was for me too. Not much of “that phase” managed to stay with me, but whenever I see a recipe for Mulled Wine it all comes back to me.

This little sip of delish is super simple to make, and tastes like holidays in a glass. The spicy bouquet of wine partying with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and star anise wafting through the house is soothing, but the flavour of warm spiced wine as it passes your lips is heavenly.

Sumo Mandarin Mulled Wine - www.shenannagans.com

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine. That’s kinda the same thing!

For this version, I decided to add some citrus, a couple of gorgeous Sumo Mandarins kindly supplied by Pacific Fresh in Leeton #thankyou.  This liquid grape beverage is guaranteed to not only warm your hands but your soul as you relax sipping in front of the fireplace with your faithful hound at your feet.

I’d love to know, what ‘thing’ were you right into as a child, and are you still into it now?

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Anna

shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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mjskit - September 9, 2015 Reply

I love reading those types of books! In fact I have The Mist of Avalon on the bookshelf waiting to be read. I haven’t had a good mulled wine in ages. I love your citrus component. Pinning so I can make this once the cooler weather sets in. Thanks!

    Anna - September 10, 2015 Reply

    Oh that is so awesome, you really must have a read soon, perhaps whip up a batch and get your read on in front of the fire. Instantly, you’ll feel like you are in another time. 🙂

Ala - September 8, 2015 Reply

OH my gosh, I totally get the same way whenever I read one of the medieval texts. I took quite a few medieval lit classes back in college/the first years of grad school, and mulled wine / mead etc. is just the thing. I’m also fascinated by their conception of bread, which is basically a sugarless rock (blech!), but I do want to try making it old-school sometime. Ahhh, the superdork days of yore! 🙂 and this is why I’m glad we know each other.

    Anna - September 10, 2015 Reply

    Oh yes, I am with you on making the medieval bread, what’s not to love about sugarless rocks right?
    Hahaha…. I am all about owning the super dork in me, and so pleased I have pals all over the world who share the same values. Most pleased you are in my life too. Happy days to you sweets. xox

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - September 3, 2015 Reply

Jan mentioned “sweet valley high”…and that is a yes for me also. Embarrassing. I’ll drink this delicious wine to forget 🙂

    Anna - September 10, 2015 Reply

    Own it sister…. I loved Sweet Valley High too. LOL! 🙂
    Hope you enjoy the mulled wine lovely one.

Raymund - September 2, 2015 Reply

While its still cold here need to make some of this during the weekend, thanks for the idea and sharing

    Anna - September 10, 2015 Reply

    Yep, totally my thoughts Raymund. And it was the perfect way to combat the freezing, sleeting cold Canberra weather. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

Mabel Kwong - August 29, 2015 Reply

I would love to try this Anna, but I do not drink. Not one bit…I really am a good girl 😉 However, I am sure it warmed you up on many a cold winter night this year. However, I don’t see why I can’t substitute the wine with some grape or plum juice…though I really don’t know if they are good to drink warm. I think I’ll stick to the hot chocolates. Hope you are well Anna Big Sis. Sending you warm and long hugs your way and have a good week 🙂

    Anna - August 31, 2015 Reply

    Miss Mabel! My fave little sis! Mwah. 🙂
    You could absolutely achieve very similar tasting mulled wine using a grape or plum juice, I actually might give it a try and see.
    Hope you had an amazing weekend little one. Squishy hugs and all my love.
    xox

    Ariel Mages - September 1, 2015 Reply

    Dot cloves into the skin of oranges and lemons to kill two birds with one stone – not only will it infuse the mix, it looks pretty too. There are plenty of drinks that are fit for mulling beyond the ubiquitous red wine.

      Anna - September 2, 2015 Reply

      I really should have got a little more creative with my mulled wine making. Love your idea to dot cloves into the fruit, that would have made the photos pop for sure. Next time I will. I will amend the recipe to reflect your brilliant idea too. Thanks! 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - August 29, 2015 Reply

I have been meaning to make mulled wine all winter but haven’t had time! I loved The Mists of Avalon out of all the King Arthur books 🙂

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    I do hope you get around to making a batch before the warmer days kick in.
    And a kindred spirit, Mists of Avalon = Best!

Dedy@Dentist Chef - August 28, 2015 Reply

Never had this, tempting to try!!!

Bam's Kitchen - August 28, 2015 Reply

I would love a lovely mug of that deliciousness right now. I love the comfort flavours. Happy Friday to you Anna and take care!

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    It was perfect, warmer me from the inside, totally delicious it was.
    Big happy weekend fun times to you my friend. Mwah. xo

THE HUNGRY MUM - August 28, 2015 Reply

mmmm, warmth in a glass. I will await the carrier pigeon with his load of a bottle of this amazing mulled wine, which I am sure you have organised. Cheers!

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. We really do need to figure out the ‘beam me up’ thing, that way the bottle would arrive warm. 🙂 Happy weekend HM! x

Gourmet Getaways - August 28, 2015 Reply

Mulled wine with mandarins sound perfect. Plus the spices you put in there – healthy and tasteful!

Julie
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    Yep, practically a health drink huh, Julie. 🙂
    The mandarins were perfect, added a really delicious element.

Jan (agluttonouswife) - August 28, 2015 Reply

I’ve never tried mulled wine but I’d adore it I’m sure!!! I loved choose your own adventure books, man I’m old, not even sure if they are around any more? Also loved those tacky American teen books like “Sweet Valley High”…such substance!!! 🙂 Jan x

    Anna - August 28, 2015 Reply

    Hey Jan! I don’t think its an every night thing, but it certainly goes down a treat on a chilly night. Its warming! 🙂
    Haha…. well I am joining you in the ‘oldies club’, I loved choose your own adventure books too, and Sweet Valley High = BEST!
    Happy weekend to you. xox

Sue - August 28, 2015 Reply

Mulled wine makes me think of Christmas! I agree with another reader your posts are always uplifting. Now where is that wine? 🙂

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    Oh, that is so lovely. I do hope it has great memories attached. 🙂
    Thank you for your very kind comment, made my day.
    And…. come on over, I’ll pop a pot on.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - August 28, 2015 Reply

Yep, a warming glass of this would be welcome with the cooler weather that is still hanging about over here!

    Anna - August 29, 2015 Reply

    The cool weather is getting a bit old, but this warming cup of delish certainly went a long way to forgetting about the chilliness.

Gourmet Getaways - August 27, 2015 Reply

Oh what a delicious recipe!!
We have been buying the sumo mandarin and Anais loves them… I will have to try your recipe.
Thanks for sharing
Julie

    Anna - August 28, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, so delicious, sure went down a treat in my household. 🙂 And those Sumo Mandarin, ohMG! I only wish the season lasted longer, such a yumbo eat.
    Enjoy the mulled wine & happy weekend to you.

Glamorous Glutton - August 27, 2015 Reply

How warming and delicious, a perfect winter quaff. A perfect reminder of all those Knights and feasts. GG

    Anna - August 28, 2015 Reply

    It absolutely is the perfect cup of warmth on a cold winter evening, and fun to pretend one is from ‘back in the day’ of knights and feasts. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - August 27, 2015 Reply

Wow there were so many things that I was into as a child but now I don’t really quite understand why. There is one thing though and that was a Viewfinder. Did you have one of those? They were amazing! I got one for Christmas two years ago and I was thrilled!

    Anna - August 28, 2015 Reply

    I had a super thing for Monkey Magic, saw the theatre production earlier this year, holy moly…. destroyed every fond memory I ever had. So… dont revisit the why, just enjoy knowing you have it. 🙂

    ALL THE YES for Viewfinder!!! We had one. What an excellent gift idea. Adding to the list. Brilliant.

Liz (Good Things) - August 27, 2015 Reply

Holidays in a glass… delicious!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - August 27, 2015 Reply

I have the fireplace and the faithful hound, but could certainly use some of this fragrant deliciousness to warm up the evenings. It’s still bloody freezing here in the Adelaide Hills!

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    We are the same here in the Berra Amanda. Had some sunshine and warmth last weekend, but back to 10c and sleet again this week. So the mulled wine went down a treat & is a wonderful way to combat the cold too.

Elizabeth - August 27, 2015 Reply

Dairy free, nut free, soya free vegan!!!! Bahahahahaha
Love your work and equally love mulled wine 🙂
Have an awesome weekend!
Liz xx

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    Practically health food it is Liz. LOL! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Haha…. love your work too lady, and yes, have a super weekend.
    Hugs & love. xox

John/Kitchen Riffs - August 27, 2015 Reply

I haven’t had (or made!) mulled wine in ages. It’s really good, isn’t it? Maybe when the weather cools down a bit here. 😉 This looks great — thanks.

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    Went down a treat in my household, that’s for sure John. I hadn’t made it in forever, so it was a welcome treat. 🙂

hassan - August 26, 2015 Reply

Kind Anna
Helllllooooooooo

What is the difference between food maked by wine and without wine?
wich spicy look like it?

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    Good Hello Hassan! I do hope you are well and having a swell week. 🙂

    What a good idea, a non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, great for the kids and designated driver (or non alco drinker) just substitute the wine with apple or grape juice. 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - August 26, 2015 Reply

It looks like a potion… Haha. So full of flavor, warm, vanilly and fruity. Fall will arrive soon in the US — and I will have to try this recipe. xx

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    What a brilliant description. I love it, and yes… it kind of is a potion, Denise. 🙂 Sure worked it’s magic on me! Happy weekend my lovely. xox

Mandy - August 26, 2015 Reply

I love reading your posts Anna, always so happy and uplifting. You are such a honey bunny.
Mulled wine – yummilicious!
Hon, do you know yet what your dates are for your visit in October? We have other mates coming so don’t want to overlap the time.
Can’t believe I will be seeing you SOON! Awesomeness!
Have a beautiful day sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    Nawh…. Thank you Miss Mandy! How freakin’ lucky am I to have such beautiful people like you in my life. Thanks for being so supportive and lovely and sweet. BIG hugs and loves headed your way. xoxo

    I am in discussions with work re my leave, so not sure yet. I will email you. Book in your friends and I will work around you. YAY!

    Wishing you a super day and a great weekend. Mwah! xox

Kris - August 26, 2015 Reply

So this explains why you refused to eat vegetables as a kid… and tried to get a bigger portion of meat and potatoes.. 🙂
It hard to pin point what is was that I loved most as a kid. I remember mowing the lawns some days back at Lake in the summer and finding it satisfying. Still enjoy it now for some strange, and unknown reason.

I love mulled wine. Did you just use a cheap wine? I have made it before but went over the top with the spices. The addition of the citrus would be perfect. YUM YUM.
Thanks for sharing.

    Anna - August 26, 2015 Reply

    Haha! Yep, that’d be the reason I refused to eat me some green vegetables. To this day I’d take a larger portion of the meat & spud. 🙂
    Mowing the lawn, yeah… I get that. Something about the smell of fresh cut grass is soothing. Plus you get some exercise and sun too.
    Yep, totes recommenced using a cheap bottle of vino, I used a $5 bottle of Merlot.
    Do you remember back in the NCC kitchen, those giant stock pots loaded to the rim with bubbling spiced wine? Arhhh…. memories.
    The mandarin was a tops addition, kinda cut through the heavy spices.
    Glad you enjoyed. xo

Krista - August 26, 2015 Reply

How I would love a glass of this right now, Anna. 🙂 I was right into WWII as a child, mesmerized by the courageous efforts of the Resistance throughout Europe. I still can’t pass up a WWII movie or book. 🙂

    Anna - August 26, 2015 Reply

    It was soul warming delicious, Krista. And if I could get you a cup of Christmas, I would. 🙂
    That’s kinda cool, many of my friends also share your enjoyment of a WWII movie or book, so often find myself watching when we hang out.

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