A Delicious Winter’s Treat: Mulled Wine Recipe

A Delicious Winter’s Treat: Mulled Wine Recipe

How does this sound? A cold winter’s night in, spent by the fireplace or heater, with candles lit, good company and a delicious, and a warm cup of mulled wine in hand? If you ask us, this sounds heavenly! Making mulled wine is incredibly easy and will fill your home with a lovely fruity and spicy fragrance too. In just fifteen minutes, you can whip yourself, friends, and family up a batch of delicious, mulled wine. What could be more delightful in the wintertime?

23 June 2021

Mmmmmm… mulled wine, a comforting winter favourite for many across the globe. There is no need to wait for the holiday season or a food festival to enjoy mulled wine, it’s actually very easy to prepare from home and impress your guests when entertaining or as a fun way to spice up a date night in. This European style drink is one to add to the to-do list this season and thanks us later!

Mulled Wine Recipe
Mulled Wine Recipe

1. Choose your wine.

1. Choose your wine.

Buy yourself a bottle red or white wine for the foundation of the mulled wine recipe. Traditionally a red wine will be used, and our top recommendations are Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel or Garnacha if you can get your hands on them. There is no need to choose anything too fancy as the flavour is going to significantly change during the cooking process.

2. Heat gently.

2. Heat gently.

Pour the wine into a pot or saucepan and heat over a low heat on the stove until it starts to steam. Wine is delicate so it is important not to apply the heat too high or cook for too long as the taste will start to get too syrupy, and the alcohol will dissolve. As a rule of thumb, avoid any hard boiling. Repeat after me “light simmers only”. Add in the remainder of your ingredients from the start of the cooking process so that they can infuse into the flavour of the wine as you leave to simmer and get richer in flavour for 15 minutes (or up to 3 hours on a very low heat if you have the time!).

3. Spice it up!

3. Spice it up!

Consider how much spice you are wanting to add. If you are intending to have only a glass, then you can be more generous with the spices, but if you would like to have a few glasses make sure you don’t make it too overpowering. Cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, cardamon and vanilla pods are all popular in mulled wines. Make your choice of which spices to use based on your taste. Generally, 8 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise and 1 vanilla pod is suitable for 1 bottle of wine.

4. Add fresh fruit.

4. Add fresh fruit.

Fresh orange, lime, lemon, blackberries, cherries, or apples can all be used to mull with the wine to intensify the flavour or use simply as a garnish. We personally love the addition of these fruits to make the drink a bit more of a desert!

5. Sweeten it up.

5. Sweeten it up.

Add sugar, maple syrup or honey to sweeten it up a bit. Add little by little and taste as you go until you get it just right. Generally, we recommend 4 tablespoons of sweetener per wine bottle. Some mulled wine drinkers also like to add fruit juice such as cranberry juice to further sweeten the flavour.

6. Spike with extra liquor (optional)

6. Spike with extra liquor (optional)

Just like Sangria, it is traditional to add an splash of liquor such as brandy, bourbon, cognac or even Cointreau, but this is totally optional and dependant on your taste preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a quarter of a cup per every bottle of wine to add that extra heart-warming kick!

7. Strain, garnish and serve.

7. Strain, garnish and serve.

Use a strainer to remove all the spices and fruit and ladle into a heatproof mug or glass to serve. It wouldn’t be very ‘Review’ of us if we didn’t pretty it up with garnishes. You can use citrus slices, cherries, or extra cinnamon sticks to add to the hearty look of the drink.

 

All that’s really left to do here is enjoy!

Pair this flavourful mulled wine with a warm knit and you'll be toasty inside and out.

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Until next time #ReviewGirls, we hope you love our latest recipe. Explore our other delicious recipes for the next time you are entertaining.