Wild Poppy Bistro & Bakery Shares Mulled Wine Recipe

Simmer this mulled wine the traditional way – in a pot on the stove – or make it in a slow cooker.

Wild Poppy Mulled WineWild Poppy Bistro’s Mulled Wine

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • 2 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 6 star anise
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum or brandy

Combine the wine, water, 2 oranges, lemon, honey ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in heating vessel.

Simmer for at least 15 minutes, or up to 3 hours, so that the flavours can come together. Strain out the spices and add the spiced rum or brandy. For presentation, after straining the mixture add the 3rd orange and a handful of cranberries. Keep warm in a slow cooker. For a non alcoholic option substitute unfiltered apple juice for the wine and omit the spiced rum or brandy.

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Gluten-Free TartsA must-visit destination for anyone who loves fabulous baking – full stop! Wild Poppy serves savoury breakfasts and light lunches with soup, baguettes and everything you could ask for in a deli – all from documented to be gluten-free, peanut-free ingredients. Wild Poppy also offers nut-free and vegan options.

Find Wild Poppy just one quick block off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Ladysmith – turn left at the Buller Street lights. Click here for map.

Testimonial: “We had Madeline’s cousin visiting from Halifax for a couple weeks. When we toured them up to Chemainus/Ladysmith all eight of us (one celiac) enjoyed a delicious meal at Wild Poppy. We had to have take out as the restaurant was full. Wonderful to see.”

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As co-owners of the Old Town (Wheat) Bakery at 510 1st Avenue in Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, Kate Cram and husband Geoff could easily be considered local celebrities!  As an ‘Associate with the Culinary Institute of America‘ who also undertook to certify as a Red Seal Baker in Canada, Kate is truly baker’s baker!

Watch the video that tells the tale of these husband and wife bakeries. Wild Poppy starts at the 3 minute, 15 second mark!

Two children later, Kate and Geoff’s young sons began to experience persistent health issues that had them resorting to a gluten-free diet in search of relief.  The improvement was nothing short of remarkable and a heads up to Kate that gluten may be taking a toll on her own health. The couple found themselves at a professional and personal cross roads with Kate contemplating the end of a career she loved, and their children unable to  set foot within the family business.

That’s how Wild Poppy Bakery and Bistro was born!