Mulled Wine has been around for a very long time. From the Ancient Greeks to the Roman empire, it seems that where ever wine has been made or enjoyed. people have made mulled wine. But it really took of in the middle ages. The origins behind mulled wine goes as follows. Wine goes bad. whether its because of a bad harvest or you just opened one bottle to many, wine goes bad. So instead of throwing it out. Because why waste wine? our ancestors would instead add spices and heat it up to mask the flavour. In the middle ages wine was healthier to drink then the water, and added spices not only masked the flavour of bad wine but also helped as a medicine.
So remember that next time you have some mulled wine (which will hopefully be after reading this) that you’re drinking apart of history.
So with so many Mulled Wine recipes, how does one choose? well dont worry, I’ve got you covered. Below is my mulled wine recipe, and maybe even the best mulled wine recipe you’ll ever find.
Easy Sipping Mulled Wine Recipe
- The juice from one orange
- The peels of one orange
- 100 grams of caster sugar
- 700ML Red wine
- 6 Clove
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 2 Star Anise
- 1 Vanilla pod
- 1 Whole nutmeg
1) Add the orange juice, orange peels, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise and half the nutmeg grated to a pan.
2) Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise to release the vanilla beans, then add the whole thing to the pan
3) Add enough wine to cover the sugar and bring to a boil, whilst stirring to dissolve the sugar.
4) Once the sugar has dissolved, allow to simmer for 5 minutes, This will create a mulled wine syrup as a base before we add the rest of the wine. It will draw out more of the spice flavours. Without having to reduce to much of the alcohol content by adding to much wine straight away and the alcohol burning off.
5) Add the rest of the wine to the pan, Reduce the heat to low/medium. at this point you can adjust the recipe to suit your own preference. Have a taste, want a sweeter wine? add more sugar. Want more spice? I chose to add 2 orange wheels to add a fruity backdrop to the wines flavour profile. Although that isn’t necessary. Just personal preference.
6) Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until the wine is hot enough to serve, but not boiling.
7) Ladle into heat proof glasses, Garnish with orange wheels, speared with cloves and a cinnamon stick.