Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mulled Wine

There is nothing better in the winter days than a toasty mug of mulled wine. Mulled wines have been warming people for centuries, they are wines that have been sweetened, spiced and slightly heated - making a delicious alternative to coffees, ciders and toddy’s at holiday gatherings or just on a cold winter's night.Warm wine is very popular all over Europe.  In Germany they call it Glühwein, in France vin chaud, аnd in Italy vin brulé.  In Macedonia we call it Греено вино. It is perfect for a sweet surprise when having company over because it is not expensive to prepare and its sweet aroma will make your place smell amazing.
Trust me, this will be a hit at your next party!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • One bottle (750 mL) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)
  • One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 2/3 cup honey or sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)
  • Serves 4-6


To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind).

You don't have to use expensive wine. The spices will add the pleasant aroma and taste.
Do not let the wine boil because the alcohol will start to evaporate. Also, the spices might get a bitter taste.
If you want a stronger drink add more brandy or orange liqueur.
Add icing sugar, it will melt easier. You can also use honey for a stronger aroma.


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