Sure, you could make red wine hot chocolate, but a classic like mulled wine has been around since ancient Roman times. It's the perfect drink to warm you up and bring some cheer on a cold winter's day. If you're throwing a holiday party at home, it's a great way to welcome your guests. The aroma is fantastic, and a glass of hot red wine will put everyone in good spirits.
Traditional mulled wine is made with red wine, mulling spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, star anise, cloves), sugar and citrus. Different countries and cultures have their own different recipes for mulled wine. In the U.K, it's called Mulled Wine, in Germany, it's Glühwein, in France it's Vin Chaud, and in Nordic countries, they call it Glögg or Gløgg. While there may be different variations for the alcohol and sugar content and differing spices for the different countries, the general recipe is the same the world over -- red wine, sugar, and spices!
Here's a look at a few different mulled wines from all over the world, and what's special about each of them.
This is an old Swedish family recipe passed down since 1921. What makes this recipe stand out is the alcohol content -- those Nordic countries like it strong. It's got port wine, bourbon, and rum and definitely packs a punch. It's spiced with cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. It's also got raisins and almonds which are traditional in the Swedish version. Erinammo says, "Growing up with a Swedish family this was a staple of Christmas, the smell is so sweet and wonderful. This is exactly how my father makes it. Be prepared though for the kick and don't expect to drink too much!"
This German spiced wine is incredibly popular and so easy to make. You begin by making a sugar syrup with cinnamon sticks, then add some clove studded oranges with the wine, and heat. shellymayo raves, "This is an amazing recipe. It tastes just like what I drank while living in Germany. I made it for a bunch of friends for Thanksgiving and everyone really loved it."
This recipe includes red wine and white wine, plus some fiery fresh ginger. Amber Schreiner has a clever way of making this recipe for a party -- "Made this in a crockpot for my family Christmas dinner. Didn't strain. Looked beautiful & made for great presentation! It was the biggest hit of the day! Having it in a crockpot also allowed for all day use while keeping it the perfect temperature. This will be a staple every Christmas from now on!"
This festive red wine is sweetened with honey and apple juice, and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and cardamom. Hilary raves, "I used a red wine blend for this recipe and won first place in a cocktail competition with it! I had to double the recipe and it worked really well. It's become a staple of our winter cocktail list."
Of course, you can also serve your spiced wine in a fancy tea-cup. This recipe is made with cloves, lemon, red wine, sugar and cinnamon. The recipe creator recommends serving it with some finely grated nutmeg.
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