What is the best mulled wine recipe? When can you drink it? How to prepare it at home? We shall give you the answers to these questions, so keep reading!
The cold weather will not be depressing if you know how to create coziness, which the Danes – one of the happiest nations – call hygge. In certain situations, there is no better drink than good red wine brewed with spices and sugar. When you hear “mulled wine”, the anticipation of the blessed warmth begins to spread through the body and the tart taste of spicy wine is felt on the lips.
What ingredients do you need for homemade mulled wine?
The basis of the classic mulled wine recipe is wine and spices. The essential ingredients are cinnamon and cloves, as well as citrus fruits – lemon, orange, lime or tangerine. In addition to the already mentioned ingredients, literally any fruits and berries – apricots, cherries, black and red currants, cranberries – fresh or dried can be used for preparing mulled wine. The range of spices is truly limitless – ginger, various types of peppers from allspice to Jamaican, cardamom, coriander, saffron, nutmeg, etc.
The process of making mulled wine is interesting and exciting. When preparing a drink, you can improvise, make the drink strong or very light or play with its sweetness and other flavors. Usually this hot drink is made from red wine with sugar and various spices. However, if you want to experiment, you can add a dash of cognac, rum, liqueur, etc. Keep in mind that additives are needed only to give the wine a more pleasant aroma and if you use too many ingredients they will change the main flavor of the wine, resulting in just a cocktail.
Mulled wine recipe – what are the main rules?
To make mulled wine, you only need to buy high quality wine. The spices are added to the wine and then it is heated over low heat until white foam disappears.
Usually, a mulled wine recipe calls for spices that are not crushed otherwise otherwise it will be difficult to remove them from the drink later. The amount of spices should be limited. Using more than five spices can ruin aromas and flavors.
Heating temperature should not be higher or lower than 70°C/160°F. Otherwise, the taste of the wine may be ruined. High temperature evaporates the alcohol so it is recommended to use a thermometer to control the temperature.
You need to infuse the drink for at least twenty-five minutes. Then all the aromas of spices will surely have time to open, and the fruits will give their taste.
Homemade mulled wine recipe
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 cloves
- 2-3 tbsp sugar or honey
- 1-2 cardamom pods
Pour the red wine in a large saucepan and slowly heat it over medium heat. Make sure that it does not boil. As soon as a light foam forms on the surface, you have reached the ideal temperature.
Add the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat.
Let the mulled wine rest for about 1 hour with the lid closed.
Then pour the mulled wine through a fine sieve and pour into cups.
Garnish with thin orange slices and enjoy!