Mulled wine is a hot or warm wine beverage made with port or claret and often both.The Romans were the first to record the making of spiced hot wine. As the Empire spread up the Rhine and across the British Isles, the recipes varied, but the basic concept has become a tradition that is often associated with Christmas.
Below are a few mulled wine recipes so that you can make it at home. Freshly made mulled wine is vastly superior to any store bought version and really doesn’t take any time.
German Mulled Wine (Glühwein) – from Chowhound
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bottles of red wine – Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais Nouveau
½ cup brandy
1. Zest the oranges and lemons into a pan. Add the juice from the lemons and oranges.
2. Make a spice sachet out of the cardamom and cloves and add it to the saucepan. Put the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks into the saucepan.
3. Heat the pan until it is simmering and sugar dissolves. Lower the temperature and let it reduce by one-third, about 20 minutes.
4. Add the red wine and brandy, stir to combine, and bring it to a simmer. Remove it from the heat and remove the sachet.
5. Serve hot or warm.
Mulled White Wine Recipe – from MyRecipes.com
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups of water
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bottles of white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
1. Thinly slice the lemon, orange, and kumquats. Discard the seeds and place them in a saucepan. Add the honey, sugar, cloves, and allspice. Cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise and toss in the pan. Add the water and bring everything to a boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes, making sure that the sugar dissolves.
2. Slowly add the wine to the citrus base. Reheat, but don’t boil. You can enjoy right away or keep it hot for hours.
There are many variations that you can try:
Fruits: Apple, pears, pineapple, raisins, cranberries
Wines: Any red or white, sparkling, port, Madeira, brandy
Spices: Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, red pepper
This is great use of inexpensive wines or older wines that have oxidised. It should be kept warm on a stovetop or in a slow cooker and can be drank for hours.
The citrus bases can be made a day in advance and allowed to steep in the refrigerator overnight. Mulled wine is great way to welcome guests on a cold day or to end an evening skiing or shopping the blustery winter weather. Enjoy it as hot as tea or just warmed. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon.
No matter how you serve it, your guests will love it and nothing says “Happy Christmas” like a glass of mulled wine in your hand.