It is the time of year to drink and be merry, but also to stay warm and cosy so combine these with a wonderful Mulled Wine recipe for your Christmas this year!
Mulled Wine is an age old tradition to keep warm during winter created by the Romans. Variations on this began to crop up over the years with Mulled Cider, Mulled Ale and also Mulled Apple Juice as a non-alcoholic alternative too. Popular in many countries, especially during the festive period, it is common to find Mulled Wine at Christmas Fares and Markets.
All the while the spices and ingredients still remain the same to this, just with a little more of a twist. There is no right way to make Mulled Wine, as it completely down to individual palettes and taste preference. Here at Diforti we felt like warming things up with our delicious, sweet and fruity Mulled Wine featuring our wonderful Organic Merlot DOC 75cl which features hints of ripe cherries and plums, yum…bring on the recipe!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Red Wine of your choice x1 bottle (e.g. Merlot, Malbec, Shiraz)
- Orange x1 (Sliced, keep some to garnish)
- 200g Caster Sugar
- Cinnamon sticks x2 (keep some to garnish)
- Star Anise x3
- Fresh Ginger (3 Slices)
- A pinch of cloves
- Fresh Nutmeg (10 gratings worth)
- Honey (add to taste)
4-6 Glasses (depending on glass size)
15 MINS-3 HOURS (the longer you can leave it, the longer the spices have to infuse so it can taste better if left for a longer time)
STEP ONE: Heat a large pot and add the bottle of red wine. Keep on a low heat, do not let the wine boil, the key is to have it at a low bubble/simmer barely bubbling. This will warm and infuse the spices throughout brewing.
STEP TWO: Add the 200g Caster Sugar and stir into the mixture. Once mixed through add all the spices. So that is 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, grated nutmeg, 3 slices of fresh ginger, cloves and orange (push the cloves into the orange slices) and start with one tablespoon of honey and add in as you go if needed.
STEP THREE: Keep on a low heat for 15 MINS-3 HOURS, the longer you can leave it, the longer the spices will have to infuse and the Mulled Wine will taste even better. Add a cup of water during brewing to help balance with the alcohol so it is not so overpowering. Serve in a glass jug ideally, or something with a handle due to the hot serving.
Enjoy your Mulled Wine while it’s warm and garnish with orange, cinnamon and star anise for a super sensual sensations while drinking! Spike your Mulled Wine with Brandy, Rum or Amaretto to give it more of an alcoholic kick. Share your versions on social media and tag us @difortis