Mulled Wine Recipe: A Great Winter Warmer

Warm up with some mulled wine tonight. Better yet, invite some friends and warm them up, too!

Mulled wine is spiced with a variety of spices and then heated.

Standard spices include cinnamon, cardamom, and honey – but you’ll find other ingredients depending on where your mulled wine recipe hails from.

If you have a German background, you’re more likely to be familiar with Glühwein – a rich red wine spiced with vanilla, cinnamon sticks, cloves and citrus. If you have a Scandinavian heritage, add some almonds and raisins. And Romanian families enjoy vin fiert (also known as boiled wine), made from red or white wine and peppercorns.

Here is a basic mulled wine recipe to start with. Then you can experiment with your own ingredients, cultural flair, and creative add-ins, such as ginger, mace, and peppercorns.

Basic Mulled Wine Recipe:

1 bottle red wine
1 to 2 Tbsps brown sugar
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1 bay leaf
Half an orange

Place a medium-sized pot on the stove, pour the wine into it, and follow that by the juice of half of an orange. Cut up the orange peel and the rest of the ingredients. Allow the wine to become warm or hot, depending on your own preference, but do not allow it to boil. Stir occasionally while heating. You can leave the larger pieces in the mulled wine or drain them out. This makes about six servings.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled “Wine”
For a non-alcoholic version, begin with grape or pear juice. Add any or all of the following: orange juice, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. You can also use lemons to replace the oranges and brown sugar rather than white table sugar.

Again, making mulled wine isn’t a science. It’s an art that develops over time. Once you develop a recipe you love, you’re bound to be making it a lot to warm up you and your friends from the inside out.

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