A warm drink ritual best accompanies cold winter evenings. Whether it's a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, it always makes you feel good.
As we are approaching the Christmas holiday season, perhaps it's time to consider adding some spices to your drinks. A nice cup of chai latte or a glass of mulled wine is the perfect pairing with sofa time or fireplace in the evening.
What is mulled wine?
Mulled wine is sweet, warmed red wine mixed with winter spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and citrus fruit peel.
There is a mulled wine tradition in nearly every European country where it's particularly popular during Christmas time when the nights are the longest.
This is when people like to gather on Christmas markets and enjoy a cup of this warming drink while outside watching festive decorations and enjoying Christmas songs and special treats.
Mulled wine goes by many names, like glögg in Scandinavia, gluhwein in Germany and Austria, vin chaud in France, and grzane wino in Poland. These days you can buy it in many supermarkets, but it is also easy to make at home.
What do you need to make mulled wine at home?
When making mulled wine at home, you need to prepare a large pot and a bottle of some good wine. The wine should be fruity, slightly sweet and not too dry. You can also add some extra vermouth - which will add some bitter-sweetness. The essential ingredients are the Christmas spices, so your mulled wine is intense in flavour.
What spices do you add to mulled wine?
To make delicious mulled wine at home, you need: dried lemon zest, dried orange zest, cloves, Ceylon cinnamon sticks, dried ginger, brown sugar, star anise, whole allspice.
Homemade Mulled Wine Recipe
1 bottle of red wine
1 cup of sweet vermouth
1 cup brown sugar
1-2 lemon zest (or dried orange peel)
1-2 orange zest (or dried lemon peel)
4 cinnamon sticks
4 dried ginger pieces
4 cardamon seeds
4 star anise
10 whole allspice
In a large pot, mix all the ingredients. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the sugar dissolves in the liquid.
Remove the spices and dried fruit before serving.