Mmmarvelous Mulled Wine

 

Tis the Season for sitting near the fireplace while the tree is lit and glistening and sipping on a steaming hot mug of mulled wine. (If fireplace is missing, download fireplace app on your phone now. Proceed…)

Oh how I love the warmth of that mulled wine; the aromatic spices that tingle the tastebuds and the lovely bouquet of a good, hearty red wine. Whether you are a gourmand and like to experiment with your recipes with all manner of spices and exotic flavors, or, you like a classic and timeless recipe, here are some Wonderful Mulled Wine Recipes to enjoy this holiday.

1. Classic Mulled Wine

Just what the title suggests. This recipe is your go-to, no messin’ around classic mulled wine.

750ml red wine

1 cup sugar

1/2 cups orange juice

peel of one lemon

peel of one orange

1 cinnamon stick

5 whole cloves

1 star anise

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

just a pinch of ginger

 

Start: Place all ingredients except the wine into a large saucepan and heat to medium. Add just a splash of the wine to cover the sugar. Cook 4-5 minutes and infuse the spices. Mmmmm. Your mixture should be nice and sticky.

Finish: Add the rest of the wine and turn the heat down so as not to boil your mulled wine and lose the alcohol. Cook 5 minutes. Enjoy.

courtesy of: Adeline & Lumiere

 

2.  Kick it up a notch, Kirsch Mulled Wine

Peppercorns and kirsch do, indeed, give a little kick to this recipe…

4 whole cloves

8 whole peppercorns

zest from one lemon

zest from one orange

4 cups dry red wine

1/2 cups kirsch

1.5 cups water

3/4 cups sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

 

Start: Make a sachet with your cloves, peppercorns and citrus zest in a cheesecloth – tie the cloth closed to make your sachet. Combine the rest of your ingredients in a 4-qt saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil.

Finish: Once heated through, simmer for 10 minutes. Serve warm and garnish!

courtesy of: epicurious

 

3. Apple Cider Mulled Wine

Spiked and slow-cooked apple cider? Yes, please!

1 bottle red wine (750ml) something fruity like Merlot, Zinfandel, or a Cab

2 cups apple cider

1/4 cup honey

5 whole cloves

4 green cardamom pods

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole star anise

1/4 cup brandy

 

Start: Combine all ingredients, except brandy, in a 3-qt or larger crock pot. Stir. Cook on LOW until warm, 30-60 minutes.

Finish: Stir in brandy. Serve!

courtesy of: well plated

 

4. Pear Sangria Mulled Wine

A spin on the classic. This recipe uses white wine and comes with a partridge in a pear-tree, wink.

 

2 ripe pears

1/3  cup sugar

1 cup water

1 whole cinnamon stick

5 whole cloves

4 oz. maple liqueur

1 bottle white wine

 

Start: Peel and core the pears and chop into cubes. Bring pear cubes, sugar, water, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until pears are soft, 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, removed the cinnamon stick and cloves and discard. Purée the pear mixture until smooth in a blender or using a hand blender.

Finish: Put the pear mixture back in to the saucepan. Add liqueur and wine and heat over low, just until steaming. Garnish with some extra pear slices or cinnamon stick and serve!

courtesy of: Katie at the Kitchen Door

 

5. Mulled Amaretto White Wine

Another twist on the classic with a hint of almonds and oranges…White wine lovers, here ya go!

 

2 (750ml) bottles dry white wine

2 oranges, sliced into rounds

1/4 – 1/2 cup amaretto (taste til’ you own it!)

1/4 – 1/2 cup honey or sugar (again, taste)

16 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

4 star anise

 

Start: Bring all ingredients, except amaretto, to a simmer on stovetop. Do not boil!

Finish: Simmer for at least 15 minutes and up to 3 hours. Pour in amaretto and serve.

adapted from: Gimme Some Oven

 

Mulled wine tastes even better in pretty glasses. I like these…Cheers!


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