Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine, variations of which are popular around the world,  generally consists of wine mixed with spices and served hot. Originally, preparing mulled wine was a way to extend the life of a wine that had passed its prime,Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
There are several variotions:
Glögg is drunk in Scandinavian countries.
Glühwein is the German version of mulled wine, made with red wine, sugar and spices
Quentão is a Brazilian form of mulled wine. It is made of cachaça, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented sugarcane
Mulled wine is called vin brulé in Italy, vin chaud in France and grzane wino in Poland

In any language...bottoms up!!!
Mulled Wine Recipe
Makes about 16 servings.
1 orange
1 lemon (sliced)
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods

3 black peppercorns
Two  cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 liters  fruity red wine, such as Merlot
1 cup honey (you could always use sugar but honey gives this a great taste)
2/3 cup Grand Marnier on any orange-flavored liqueur

Remove the zest from the orange.
Rinse and wring out a 12-inch-square piece of cheesecloth.
Wrap the orange zest, sliced lemon, cloves, pepper corns, cardamon pods, and cinnamon sticks in the cheesecloth and tie with a piece of kitchen string.
Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from the orange. Set the juice aside.
In a large  pot, combine the wine, honey, Grand Marnier, orange juice, and the cheesecloth package.
Heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the honey, over low heat until hot but not boiling, about 30 minutes. (Never let it come to a boil. If you let it heat very slowly over low heat, the spices and orange zest can release their flavors.)
Serve warm.


  1. Oh mulled wine!!! This blog post reminds me of my days in Hungary. It's the best warming drink in winter!

  2. I LOVE that we are coming into mulled wine season!!! A great reason to stay indoors!!!


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