Whether you call it mulled wine, vin chaud, glühwein, vino caliente, or glögg, warm spiced red wine is exactly what these winter months are calling for. Adding spices and sweetening wine has been occurring for millennia, often times to mask off flavors in a wine. No need to think of this any differently. If you find yourself with a wine you just didn’t enjoy, or you left a wine open too long, make this mulled wine recipe instead of pouring it down the sink.
My favorite memory of mulled wine, or in this case vin chaud, was sipping it in the Christmas markets in Paris. Remember when we could go to Paris? This mulled wine recipe is as close as I could get to that memory.
International Mulled Wine Day
March 3rd is International Mulled Wine Day. Why this holiday was started or by whom is unknown. What I do know is that mulled wine is delicious and it can get you buzzed quite quickly. In fact, I committed myself too deeply to this recipe and I am flushed from the brandy already, so please disregard any typos. Here’s my impromptu recipe for mulled wine. The ingredients are probably things you have on hand. I’m very lucky because I have orange trees in my front yard and my husband makes red wine and is a beekeeper. Mulled wine is pretty common around these parts.
Most mulled wine recipes call for star anise, I really dislike that taste, blame it on being hungover on ouzo. I substitute nutmeg and I love it. You can also add a bit of fresh grated ginger if that’s your fancy. For even more wine cocktails, check out this top 10 list of easy wine cocktails.
Mulled Wine Recipe
- 1 bottle Red wine Merlot, Zinfandel, Grenache, or any fruity red wine
- 1 large Orange Half cut in quarters, half cut in slices for garnish
- ½ cup Brandy
- 5 whole Cloves
- 2 whole Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 whole Nutmeg
- 2 tbsp Honey
- Gather ingredients
- Slice orange. Half for the pot, half sliced for garnish
- Add brandy, half the orange, and spices into a pot over medium heat.
- Add two tablespoons of honey once the mixture has warmed. DO NOT LET IT BOIL.
- Once the honey has dissolved, add a bottle of red wine.
- Heat until it steams. Do not let it boil.
- Serve with an orange wedge garnish and a stick of cinnamon.
What wine is best for mulled wine?
An inexpensive fruity red wine is best for mulled wine. Try Merlot, Zinfandel, or Garnacha for your mulled wine.
What is the best way to serve mulled wine?
Serve mulled wine as warm as possible. Garnish it with a orange wedge and a stick of cinnamon.
Does the alcohol cook out of mulled wine?
The alcohol can cook out of mulled wine if you allow it to boil. It is important to take it off the heat source when it first begins steaming. Usually, the brandy fortifies the mulled wine enough to keep a decent amount of ABV in mulled wine.
When is International Mulled Wine Day?
Mulled Wine day is celebared on March 3rd every year.
How long can you keep mulled wine?
Mulled wine will keep for about 3 to 5 days. Store it in the refrigerator and heat it up before serving.
Will you be celebrating Mulled Wine Day?
Let me know in the comments if you like mulled wine and any variations that you make to your mulled wine recipes.