Total: 30 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins Yield: 4-6 Cups (4-6 Servings)
Nothing offers comfort with a homey feel like a toasty mug of mulled wine when winter weather swirls in. Mulled wine, the vine’s version of a classic night cap is a traditional holiday treat in many Old World countries. Named "Glögg" in Nordic nations and "Glühwein" in Germany, mulled wines have been around for centuries making people warm. Made typically with red wine, the wine is sweetened, spiced, and heated—offering a delectable variety to traditional coffees, ciders, and toddys at holiday gatherings or on cold winter nights.
Everything you need to make it is in the step-by-step procedure is written below:
- 1 bottle/750 mL red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)
- 1 orange (peeled and sliced; keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 8 to 10 cloves
- 1/3 cup honey (or sugar)
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger (or 2 tsp. ground ginger; allspice can be substituted)
Steps to Make It
Gather all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. You'll need them to make the perfect cup of mulled wine.
Warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), do this gently for 20 to 25 minutes.
Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has dissolved completely. You'll know the wine's ingredients are well blended and ready to serve when the mixture is steaming.
Scoop the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy the delicious goodness.
You may cut down honey/sugar to taste if you wish. Note that, the 1/3 cup of honey or sugar does make a sweeter-styled mulled wine.