Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy one – Best one

mulled-wine-recipe-easy-yumI know mulled wine isn’t really food. But does it mean it has no place on a food blog? Definitely not! If anything, mulled wine is, at least for me, one of the primary smells and tastes of December. If I’m totally honest, I know no one who doesn’t love mulled wine. It is true, some people find it too sweet, but that can easily be dealt with, if the beverage is homemade. I was thinking in which category to place this recipe, and decided it is closest to a dessert. It is one of those winter delights that make you happy you are of a legal drinking age, and still not an alcoholic. If you always had mulled wine only on Christmas markets, please try making it at home. This mulled wine recipe – easy one – is the beast one!

A good mulled wine should be something between wine, tea, and apple strudel. Sounds kind of funny, right? But it is true. The spices that are in mulled wine are very close to those in strudel. Sweetness and acidity are also there… if you haven’t tried it already, trust me, this is really close.

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Mulled wine is one of the nicest delights you can have the winter.

But it has alcohol!

If you don’t drink alcohol, good for you. No need to ruin a great and healthy habit to drink mulled wine in December. But if you enjoy an occasional drink, you most definitely need to try this mulled wine. It is so easy to make it would almost be a shame not to.

Mulled wine can be made from white or red wine. White is the “standard”, but also the plainer one. I usually make it from red wine. I don’t know, it is just more… winterish. If that is even a word. Seems like it is not, because spellchecker made a red line under it. No biggie, you know what the word means.

It can also be drank like tea. A tea that will get you only slightly tipsy. The longer you heat it, the less alcoholic it will be. If you , let’s say, have one litre of mulled wine on the stove on very low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, you will barely feel intoxicated. But if you make a quicker version, make sure you pour small cups, because it seems to hit a lot harder.

It feels funny writing a blog post about an alcoholic beverage on a blog where every other recipe is trying to avoid a disaster. Well, there are no allergy threats in mulled wine, but it needs a warning, just as serious as with allergies: Enjoy responsibly and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Giving it to children is also a bad idea, but if it is me who needs to tell you this, you probably already are beyond repair. Sorry.

Mulled wine recipe – easy one, but not a healthy one!

Nope, mulled wine definitely isn’t healthy. It has too much sugar and it has alcohol. Two pretty destructive substances. If you are a happy health freak, maybe the best idea would be to skip this one. But if you don’t mind some festivity before and around Christmas, mulled wine recipe – easy one is a must-try.

Ingredients (for four big cups)

  • 1L red wine
  • 3dl water
  • 6 table spoons sugar
  • one cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tangerine (optional)

Instructions

There are a few ways to make mulled wine. They are all easy, but some complicate it more than others. I was thinking about how to present it, and here I give you the mulled wine recipe – easy way of making your Christmas even more fragrant.

First you need to peel and slice the lemon and/or other citruses you plan to cook in the wine. I think lemon is the only citrus that is absolutely crucial for a good mulled wine, but others such as oranges and tangerines can also be used. No need to only use one piece or only one kind. I were making it with a lot more, but only recently learned that one lemon works beautifully. This time, I also had some tangerines laying around, so I threw one in.

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Peel the citruses or you risk your mulled wine to be bitter.
mulled wine recipe easy
Lemon and tangerine in its juice, waiting for remaining ingredients.

Once the lemon is peeled and sliced, gently squeeze the pieces into a pot and then throw them in as well.

Add 3dl water and 6 table spoons plain white sugar.

A lot of spices can be used in mulled wine, but this is the minimum

Also add spices – one slightly crushed cinnamon stick and ten cloves. Again, this is the minimum. You can also add star anise and even a bay leaf. If you don’t have them, your mulled wine will still be great.

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Cinnamon sick and cloves are the bare minimum spices you should add to your mulled wine.

Now that you have all the ingredients but wine in the pot, turn on the heat and stir continuously. The sugar will soon dissolve. Don’t boil the syrup for too long, or the sugar will caramelise. It is best to pour in the wine soon after it starts to boil, and immediately reduce the heat to minimum.

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Syrup is boiling. Time to add wine before sugar turns to caramel.
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The star of the show – red wine.
mulled wine recipe easy
Pour 1 litre of red wine into the sugar and spice syrup.

When you add the wine, you immediately face an important decision – do you want your mulled wine strong or barely alcoholic. If you want it to have a bit of kick, cover the pot. If you want it more “tea-like” leave it uncovered. In both cases, set the heat on low.

Now just heat the wine until it is very hot. It usually takes 15-30 minutes. If you decided for a less alcoholic beverage, you can leave it on heat for a longer time. If you want it strong, you can call it done the moment it is hot enough.

Done! This mulled wine recipe – easy, really deserves the “easy” part of the title!

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Done! Enjoy your cup, but drink responsibly.

Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy one – Best one

Yield: 4 big cups

Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy one – Best one

Ingredients

  • 1L red wine
  • 3dl water
  • 6 table spoons sugar
  • one cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tangerine (optional)

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the lemon and/or other citruses
  2. Once the lemon is peeled and sliced, gently squeeze the pieces into a pot and then throw them in as well.
  3. Add 3dl water and 6 table spoons plain white sugar.
  4. Add spices - one slightly crushed cinnamon stick and ten cloves.
  5. Now that you have all the ingredients but wine in the pot, turn on the heat and stir continuously.
  6. The sugar will soon dissolve. Don't boil the syrup for too long, or the sugar will caramelise. It is best to pour in the wine soon after it starts to boil, and immediately reduce the heat to minimum.
  7. Pour 1 litre of red wine into the sugar and spice syrup.
  8. When you add the wine, you are immediately faced with an important decision - do you want your mulled wine strong or barely alcoholic. If you want it to have a bit of kick, cover the pot. If you want it more "tea-like" leave it uncovered. In both cases, set the heat on low.
  9. Now just heat the wine until it is very hot. It usually takes 15-30 minutes. If you decided for a less alcoholic beverage, you can leave it on heat for a longer time. If you want it strong, it can be called done the moment it is hot enough.

Notes

I think lemon is the only citrus that is absolutely crucial for a good mulled wine, but others such as oranges and tangerines can also be used. No need to only use one piece or only one kind. I were making it with a lot more, but only recently learned that one lemon works beautifully.

You can also add star anise and even a bay leaf. If you don't have them, your mulled wine will still be great.

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