For me, the holidays just aren’t the same without a glass (or two) of delicious warming mulled wine! The popularity of mulled wine is far more widespread back home in the UK, but traditionally recipes usually call for added sugar and use lower quality wines as the base.
I’ve given my traditional mulled wine recipe a #JennyApproved spin by eliminating any added sugar (the fruit and spices give it just a touch of natural sweetness), and I’m using new favourite red from Fitvine Wines as the base.
Tim and I have been drinking organic wines for years (responsibly, of course), but recently I dug a little deeper into what actually constitutes ‘healthier wine’ and how we can make the best choices for our health and wellbeing. Selflessly, we undertook the task of sampling ‘clean’ wines, and following this became complete converts to Fitvine Wine.
We love both the taste and how we feel after drinking their wines – even through we never drink more than 2 glasses of wine a night (typically we open just 2 bottles a month) we still don’t feel our best when consuming other clean or organic wines, but with Fitvine we always feel great the next morning (important for someone who usually starts their day at 5.30am).
We now only drink Fitvine wine at home, and their Holiday Red is our absolute favourite (we are actually stockpiling it at home as it is limited edition, and have gifted it to our clients this year). Whilst I will never claim that drinking any kind of alcohol is ‘good for you’, I ‘m happy in the knowledge that Fitvine is very low in sugar (its suitable for even Tim’s ketogenic diet), that the health boosting effects of red wine have been maximised, and that I am not getting any nasty fillers or additives that I certainly wouldn’t allow from any of my other food choices.
Fitvine Wine grapes are grown at a higher elevation with more sun exposure, meaning they have higher amounts of health boosting antioxidants and polyphenols. The extended fermentation process lowers the sugar levels in the wine, resulting in an average of less than 1g of sugar per litre (some wines can have up to 57g per litre)! Finally the proprietary filtering process creates a gluten free and vegan friendly wine, and one that is very low in sufites, which is why we still feel our best the next morning.
Peel the orange, lime and lemon (being careful not to get too much pith). Squeeze the juice from the orange.
Pour the wine into a large pan and add the peel, orange juice, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, vanilla pod, star anise and a little freshly grated nutmeg. Warm gently on a low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from the heat, strain, and serve.
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