Use traditional ingredients and modern technology to make this delicious concoction.
For wine enthusiasts, nothing beats having a glass of mulled wine on a winter or autumn evening. This variant of wine is usually made out of red wine that is served warm and is mixed with different spices. The good news is that it is easy to prepare, and you can serve this at your next dinner party.
It is interesting to note that mulled wine can come in different forms depending on which country you are in. For example, “Gluhwein” is a variant which people in German-speaking nations enjoy. It is a blend of sugar, a citrus fruit (normally an orange), cloves, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, and red wine. When it is served, the cinnamon stick is used as a garnish to make it more appealing and enables you to stir your drink as well.
The conventional recipe for mulled wine may differ from person to person as you may choose to add or take away a certain ingredient to suit your taste. If you are still unsure of how to make traditional mulled wine, there is a video tutorial by Chef Blair Smethurst from UK-based wine stockists M&S that will give you an idea of how a professional prepares it.
Mulled Wine Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of honey (any type of honey will be fine)
- 2 tablespoons whole mace (if you do not have mace, you can use one-eighth of a teaspoon of shredded nutmeg instead)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (cassia type)
- 12 cloves
- A piece of fresh ginger (around 2 inches thick, as thick as your thumb)
- An orange
- A bottle of red wine (at least 750 ml)
Mulled Wine Directions:
- Slice the ginger and orange, but keep their skins on because they have vital flavors and oils that you will want in your drink.
- Place all of the ingredients in a container which is safe for microwave use. Keep in mind that red wine will put a stain on plastic, particularly when it is heated.
- Turn on the microwave oven to 50% until things heat up, but stop the process after about 2 to 3 minutes to keep the contents from boiling.
- Mix up everything to distribute the flavors, and then immediately strain and serve or allow the spices and wine to rest for half an hour prior to reheating and straining.After everything is prepared, make sure to refrigerate any leftover mulled wine.