Having a warm cup of mulled wine after being outside in the snow, whether you were skiing, snowshoeing, skating, or just walking outside, is very comforting. For this blog post, I thought I’d share a mulled wine recipe with you, and try to find out a bit of the history of mulled wine and pass it along to you.
A Recipe for Mulled Wine
– 1 750ml bottle of a full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Shiraz (don’t use an expensive bottle of wine)
– 1 cup apple cider or juice
– 1 sliced orange
– 3 or 4 tablespoons honey (depends on how sweet you like it)
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 3 whole star anise
– 3 whole cloves
– 3 whole peppercorns
Add all ingredients into a pot and slowly raise the temperature. Keep the liquid to just below simmer so you do not boil away all the alcohol. Simmer for 15 minutes, then serve. You may want to put a cinnamon stick or a slice of lemon / orange to the glass to make it look more festive.
Where did this tradition of making mulled wine come from? Mulled wine has different names in different countries. Checking Wikipedia, I read “…Glühwein is popular in German-speaking countries and the region of Alsace in France. It is the traditional beverage offered and drunk on Weihnachtsmärkten. It is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar…
Glögg is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries….”
There are also references to the Czech Republic and to Great Britain. So who really knows, but luckily someone did invent mulled wine, so we have something to enjoy in the winter, especially after spending the day downhill skiing.