Tis The Season For Mulled Wine

I’m not a lover of red wine, well any alcohol for that matter, but my wife is. And she sure love’s mulled wine this time of year. I love the smell around the house when it is made and more often than not its left to me to make it.

Mulled Wine …. A popular German drink at this time of year and most definitely a Christmas specialty. Made from red wine that is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anis, and sugar. I also added some fresh orange juice, and orange slices. Instead of regular sugar I used brown sugar. Oh, and don’t forget to add a nice dash of rum. Is there really a better way to enjoy the festive season?

Known as Glühwein in Germany (so I am told by my boy who did a little bit of German in first year at school), which means as much as “glow-wine”. You can find different versions of it in shops and supermarkets at this time of year. The most popular German mulled wine is Feuerzangenbowle . Prepared in some sort of fondue set (a contraption that was all the rage in the 1970’s). You fill the bowl with heated mulled wine, then you put a rum-soaked sugar loaf on top of it, set it on fire, and let it drip into the mulled wine. Sounds crazy,  yep, for sure…..but I have been told it is pretty awesome!! It’s the perfect drink for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

Making mulled wine itself really couldn’t be much easier, so stop cheating by buying the ready made stuff in bottles at the supermarket… Take some time, actually you wont need a lot of time to make this as all you need is a bottle of red wine, some oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anis, brown sugar, and rum.

Throw them all in a saucepan and heat them for a couple of minutes over very low heat. Very Important that it is a low heat as boiling the mulled wine will cause then the alcohol will evaporate and it won’t taste right. And, remember, always remember that since you mulled wine hot it goes straight to your head very fast…

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This is my recipe for mulled wine. Enjoy the Festive season! & Please Do Not Drink & Drive

What You Need:

1 bottle (750 ml) red wine

2 tablespoons brown rum

2 oranges, cut into slices

2 juice of two oranges

5 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 start anis

1/2 cup brown sugar

Lets Get Cooking:

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and stir well.

Warm it up for a couple of minutes over very low heat.  I have already warned you not to boil it so make sure you don’t…. Okay .

Strain through a sieve and serve hot in pre warmed glasses or mugs… Enjoy & as always let me know how you get on

Ross B

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