Spice up your holiday tradition with a warm glass of mulled wine. It’s a concoction of wine and various spices that helped the Romans survive the chilly weather. Although, the Greeks managed to make their own mulled wine even before the Romans. In earlier times, people made mulled wine from leftover wine by adding in spices and heating them up. In addition, this drink became famous in the Middle Ages after being rumored to have many health benefits. After that, this comforting drink is always present in seasonal gatherings and festivities.
As a matter of fact, you can say this is an adult version of hot chocolate. But, the twist is we’re replacing cocoa with a bottle of bold red wine. Quality and price wouldn’t matter in a mulled wine so save the best bottle for another occasion. Additionally, star anise adds a sweet and spicy flavor to the wine, mellowing the complex taste. Similarly, white wine provides sweeter notes as compared to red wine. It lightens the bitter taste and enhances the flavors of the spices. Moreover, the peppercorn, ginger, and bay leaf bring out a slight punch, giving off the spiced and fruity aroma.
We’re crafting a real holiday-pleaser right from your very own kitchen. Above all, it’s an easy-to-make wine that you can whip up in less than an hour! This recipe makes a delicious batch, especially during the festive season. Lastly, pair this wonderful drink with our Christmas Mint Cheesecake Bars recipe for a truly comforting treat. These are comforting and scrumptious recipes that you can certainly enjoy at home.
How To Make Mulled Wine
A combination of sweet, fruity, and mellow flavors, this mulled wine is a warm drink to keep you comfy during the holiday season.
- Combine all ingredients & bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer & continue simmer for at least 20 minutes or until wine mixture is reduced slightly & spices have infused.
- Strain all spices & discard.
- Serve while warm. If preferred, you can sweeten your drink with either sugar, honey, or any sweetener of your choice.
- You can add fruit juice or apple cider for a fruity punch to your mulled wine.
- Sugar: 1g
- Calcium: 8mg
- Calories: 103kcal
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Fat: 1g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 1mg
- Potassium: 34mg
- Protein: 1g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Sodium: 2mg
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make a non-alcoholic mulled wine?
Substitute the wine with any juice of your choice. Although, we do recommend using apple, cranberry, grape, or pomegranate flavored juice.
I don’t have red wine, can I use white?
Yes! You can use brandy, cognac, or bourbon as substitutes for white wine. The taste may differ depending on what you use but the result would still be a smooth and delicious mulled wine.
ConclusionNothing beats a good book and a warm cup of mulled wine on a cool night. It’s a mellow drink that you can serve on any holiday gathering without spending on expensive wine. The spices infused in the red wine results in a smooth and subtle beverage that can make your day and holidays extra special and memorable.
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