Mulled Wine Recipe – Delicious and Easy
Mulled wine is a delicious cocktail synonymous with the holiday season. The fragrance of mulled wine starts wafting through the crisp autumn air during Thanksgiving and then extends for the next few weeks at parties and family gatherings. It’s a magical drink that brings back memories of yesteryears and helps create more unforgettable memories.
Why buy mulled wine on tap from pubs when you can make your own in the comfort of your own home? This cocktail was created to showcase generosity and wealth in medieval households. Continue this tradition by concocting your tipple with the best ingredients at your next house party.
Mulling is an art, not an excuse to serve your guests with mediocre wine during holiday gatherings. In this article, we provide you all the information you need to get started in mulling your wine, so you can be prepared for this year’s holiday tidings.
What Is Mulled Wine, Exactly?
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Although not for purists who like their alcohol on the rocks or straight from the bottle, many wines, and cocktail experts appreciate the aroma and flavor that is unique to mulled wine.
Mulled wine is a cool-weather cocktail. It is a seasonal drink that you serve during autumn and winter. Or if you enjoy cold-weather all year long, you can whip up a batch of mulled wine, too.
How Do You Make Mulled Wine?
You don’t have to be a skilled bartender or an expert sommelier to create the best tasting mulled wine. This holiday staple is easy to make, especially if you follow these tips:
The Best Wine to Use for Mulling
You can mull red and white wine. However, if you want the traditional version of mulled wine, we highly recommend using red. You can use everyday wine in creating a tasty cocktail.
Do not mix different types of red wine that you have at home. Combining tail ends of bottles that you have in the kitchen will result in an undrinkable cocktail. Make sure to use a wine that isn’t too heavily oaked.
The Spices to Use for a Hot Spiced Wine Recipe
Make sure to use whole spices than their grounded counterparts. Using ground spices can leave an unpleasant powdery texture or sensation as you drink.
Cinnamon is the most commonly used spice for mulling, but you may also add in or substitute with cloves, lightly-crushed cinnamon pods, ginger, and nutmeg.
Cocktail connoisseurs recommend using star anise sparingly, as using excessive amounts will overpower the flavor of the wine and the other spices, too.
A convenient way of making Gluhwein wine or German spiced wine is by purchasing ready-to-use mulling spices that are packaged in muslin packets. Make sure to use fresh mulling spices. Check the “use before” date when buying them from the store.
Another rule of thumb when mixing wine and spices is to pair light-bodied wines with green-colored spices such as basil and cardamom. On the other hand, full-bodied wines are perfect pairs with baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Other Mulled Wine Ingredients
- You can add sugar but add just a little amount for sweetness. If you are using wines with soft and fruity characteristics or port wine, there might be no need to add more sugar.
- For a fudgier flavor, you may opt to use brown sugar.
- You may add a citrus element to your mulled wine. Orange is an excellent add-on ingredient to mulled wine. You can use orange peel strips or an entire piece of orange studded with cloves when mulling wine.
- Adding extra alcohol is common in mulling wine. You may add a slug of port in your win. Another common booze used in mulled wine recipes is brandy. Other alcoholic bases that you can add are ginger wine or ginger liqueur, gin, and sloe to add a kick to your mulled wine.
The Proper Way of Mulling
The wine should be infused long enough with the spices for it to take on their respective flavor profile. Do not let the mixture boil as you may end up with a bitter-tasting wine. The process of mulling wine should be slow and set at a low temperature.
It is also advised to create a flavorful base to make sure that the spices and sugar infuses well with your wine. Add the wine after creating a syrup-like base to avoid burning off the alcohol from your choice of red or white wine.
Do not serve mulled wine piping hot. Serve them at a comfortable wine temperature at best.
Quick and Easy Mulled Wine Recipe
Here are the ingredients you need:
- 750 ml. red wine (for this recipe, use a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 150 ml of ginger wine
- 150 g caster sugar
- 2 unwaxed oranges
- 1 lemon, peel only
- 5 whole cloves
- 5 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Peel and juice 1 orange. Place the juice in a large saucepan and then add lemon peel, sugar, and spices. Add enough wine to cover the sugar and then heat slowly until sugar completely dissolves. Stir the mixture occasionally to prevent burning. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes or until you have reached a thick syrup consistency.
- For mulled wine to be served immediately, stud the remaining orange with 6 vertical lines of cloves, cut into segments, and ready for garnishing.
- Turn the heat down and add the remainder of the wine into the saucepan. Add the ginger wine immediately.
- You may also allow the mulled wine to cool. Pour the mixture into sterilized bottles so you can serve it at a later date.
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You can store your mulled wine cocktail in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you are serving them immediately, they will look great in vintage teacups. This mulled wine recipe will be a guaranteed hit on your next gathering with friends and family.