It’s the festive season, so why not try making mulled wine at home? It’s not as hard as you might think. To help you through it, here are my top tips for making the perfect mulled wine.
Get a good wine. If you wouldn’t drink it without heating it up, don’t use it for mulled wine!
Consider using a slow cooker (or ‘crockpot’). You can leave it simmering away on low heat all day and be rewarded with a delicious taste when you come home in the evening.
If you don’t have a big enough pot or slow cooker, consider using an electric kettle to heat up the mixture first before transferring to another pot or slow cooker.
Use the right spices – cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg are classic choices but experiment with other spices such as star anise or vanilla pods too! Keep them whole so they don’t get lost in the mix and you can easily remove them before drinking.
Sweeten with sugar or honey if desired but don’t go overboard; some people prefer their mulled wines without any extra sweetness at all!
Serve piping hot – straight from the stovetop or slow cooker into mugs for your guests will ensure that everyone gets some delicious liquid gold
The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy a cup of mulled wine. There’s nothing better than cozying up by the fireplace with a nice glass of hot red wine. If you’re looking for a way to take your winter parties to the next level, keep reading. Here are some tips on how to make tasty mulled wine at home.
What Is Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine is made by heating wine and adding spices. This creates a warm, delicious drink that’s perfect for keeping you warm on those cold winter nights.
How to Make Mulled Wine
Making mulled wine is easy and quick. First, you need a few simple ingredients:
– 1 bottle of red wine (any kind will do)
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 2 star anise
– 5 cloves
– ¼ cup honey or sugar (optional)
Mulled wine is a very warming drink to have on a cold winters evening, especially when it’s Christmas! Here we’ll show you how to make the perfect batch of mulled wine that will have your taste buds wanting more.
To start with you’ll need a bottle of red wine, some sugar, orange juice and cinnamon sticks. We recommend using Merlot as it is a rich and full bodied red wine. If Merlot isn’t your thing though you can use any other red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon which is also a rich and full bodied red wine.
Pour the bottle of red wine into a medium sized pot and place over a low heat (don’t boil). Add two teaspoons of sugar for each person who will be drinking the mulled wine (you can add more or less depending on taste). Then add in the orange juice, again two teaspoons per person. Finally add in three cinnamon sticks for each person who will be drinking the mulled wine.
Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes stirring occassionally, then pour into mugs and serve!
Heat the wine with the spices and fruit.
There are several ways to do this, but I find that the easiest way is to add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan and heat gently over low heat. Bring it just below a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it steep for 20 minutes before serving.
Other times I’ve added the wine to a crockpot set on low and let it steep there. The added bonus is you can keep it warm as long as you like!
Strain out any solids before serving.
After heating, strain out any spices or fruit that you don’t want included in your final mug of mulled wine. Serve hot!
You can serve mulled wine plain if you like, but I prefer mine with a splash of brandy added at the end. It warms me up from the inside out and makes it even more delicious!
Mulled wine is a staple at Christmas time, and it’s the perfect drink for a cold winter’s night. There are hundreds of different recipes out there, but this is our favourite – it’s easy to make, and the care taken to get the balance of spices just right makes for a wonderfully rich, flavoursome drink.
1. You’ll need:
– 1 bottle of full-bodied red wine (about 750ml)
– 200ml port (optional)
– 2 tsp mixed spice
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 3 cloves
– 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or a pinch of ground nutmeg)
– Juice of 1 orange (about 50ml)
– 100g soft dark brown sugar
– A pan with a lid that can fit the wine bottle upright – an old preserving pan is ideal
You can make this drink with whatever wine you choose, but we recommend buying a bottle of wine that is around 10 dollars. It should be a normal red wine, not too cheap and not too expensive.
The wine needs to be warmed up for about 20 minutes, so make sure to take it out of the fridge before you start preparing the other ingredients.
You will also need to get some spices for the mulled wine. You should get:
• Cinnamon sticks
• Ginger slices
• Star anise pods (optional)
• Peppercorns (optional)
You can get all these spices in any supermarket as well as local grocery stores. They are relatively cheap and they will last quite a long time.