How To Make Mulled Wine: A blog about the different mulling spices, how to prepare it, and how to serve it.
Mulled wine is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for centuries on cold winter nights. The recipe for this delicious beverage originated in Northern Europe, where the spices and herbs were originally used as a way to preserve wine before refrigeration. Over time, these spices were found to create an alluring aroma and flavor that made the drink desirable even when no longer needed as a preservative.
My love of mulled wine goes back many years. It began in my parent’s home after I was introduced to the drink as a teenager. At first I thought there was something wrong with the wine because it tasted so different from what I was used to drinking. My mother explained that it was mulled wine and I was instantly hooked. After tasting it for the first time, I began making it at every opportunity and loved nothing better than sitting by the fire sipping my favorite glass of wine with friends and family.
What is mulled wine?
Mulled wine is a traditional drink from the British Isles. It is made by heating red wine with a variety of mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Mulling spices are similar to the spices that are used when making pumpkin spice lattes. Recipes for mulled wine will vary depending on who you ask. The origin of the name “mulled” is probably from the Germanic word for “soften.” Cinnamon has been popular for centuries as a mulling spice because it has been shown to inhibit bacterial growth.
If you are interested in learning how to make mulled wine, there are many recipes available online or in cookbooks.
How to prepare it:
1. Heat 2 cups of water on the stove until it reaches a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved.
2. Add 1 cup of orange juice and 2 cinnamon sticks to the mixture. Heat again until boiling and then remove from heat. Add 2 cups of red wine and heat again until boiling, but do not allow it to boil for more than 3 minutes or it will evaporate too much alcohol content! Pour through a strainer into mugs or glasses. Serve warm with whipped
The first step to making mulled wine is to choose your spices.
The second step to making mulled wine is to pick a red wine. Some say it’s better to use a lower-priced wine, but I like to use something that I can enjoy drinking, even if it’s not heated up. A good local table wine will work just fine.
The third step to making mulled wine is to heat up the wine and the spices together. How long and how hot, you ask? Well, I usually heat the mixture on the stove at a low temperature for about an hour. Then I pour it into a crock pot and let it simmer for a few hours before serving it. If you’re in a hurry, you can also put the mixture in a slow cooker, set on high for about an hour and then turn it down to low for another hour or two.
The fourth step is to serve your delicious mulled wine! It’s best served warm, but it can also be served cold. If you’re having people over and don’t want them getting too tipsy, simply serve them half glasses of mulled wine and the rest of their glass with water or juice – they’ll never know the difference! Alternatively, if
Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. It is served hot or warm and is alcoholic, although there are non-alcoholic versions of it. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
Mulled wine is popular in many countries and is typically served at Christmas fairs and markets, particularly in Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and the Nordic countries. Wine is warmed, spiced with various ingredients (sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger and cardamom) and sweetened either with sugar or honey. Other spirit or fortified wines such as brandy may be added. The beverage is then served in a mug or heatproof glass.
Traditionally, mulling wine is wine that has been spiced and heated. The spices may include cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. Some recipes also call for zest of orange or lemon. Other additions may be brandy or other liqueurs.
Mulled wine is a traditional drink at Christmas and other festivals such as Gluehwein in Germany and vin chaud in France. In Sweden it is called glogg and served with raisins and almonds.
In Denmark it is called gloegg and served with raisins, sugar-almonds, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves as well as pieces of orange peel. In Norway they call it gloedvin. In the UK, there are many variations on the theme – some people like to add sloes (or even blackberries) to their mulled wine, whilst others like to add port to the mix.
Mulled wine was first created by the Romans who would heat up their favourite wines for special occasions. This was the beginning of mulled wine!
Mulled wine is a beverage of European origins usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. It is served hot or warm and is alcoholic, although there are non-alcoholic versions of it. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
The drink is a modern version of spiced wine, which has been made since Roman times. In the Middle Ages, the drink was called Gluhwein in Austria and Germany and was often flavoured with cloves, cinnamon, citrus, or fruit.
The earliest recorded reference to gluhwein dates from 1498 in Alsace (France). The English term “mulled wine” probably derives from the Old French word moleir which means to heat. The German Glühwein also comes from this Old French term.
An alternative etymology suggests that the German word comes from Gluhende Weine (“glowing wines”) which used to be served at fairgrounds during wintertime.
In England it used to be called Gloster Wine and has been popular at least since the 1600s when it was imported from Iberia during the Restoration. Ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom
A winter favourite, mulled wine is traditionally made by heating red wine with sugar and spices. It is usually served in a mug at Christmas markets and events.
Mulled wine is made from red wine and warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise, orange and sometimes cranberry juice. It can be sweetened with either sugar or honey, depending on your preference. A good mulled wine will take around 20 minutes to make but it is worth the wait!
The ingredients you will need:
1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
5 whole black peppercorns
1 star anise
1 vanilla pod (split lengthways)
1 orange (cut into slices) – you can also add zest if you like the citrus flavour
75g caster sugar (or honey to taste) – optional