The holiday season and colder weather always reminds me of Mulled Wine. Its history can be traced back to Medieval Europe where when wine went bad, it was often sweetened with honey or sugar, and flavored with spices to make it consumable again. With Europe being so cold in the winter, it also served the purpose of getting you drunk whilst keeping you warm! In Sweden it’s known by Gløg, in Finland it’s Glögi in Finland, in Germany it’s Glühwein, but whatever you want to call it it’s delicious!
The recipe for Mulled Wine is easy enough:
-take a couple of bottles of red wine (El Cheapo, but still drinkable).
-heat it up (don’t boil) in a large pan on your stove top.
-add “seasonal” spices (cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, star-anise, vanilla pods etc.) You may also need to strain through a coffee filter to remove some of the smaller spices.
-add sugar/honey as required according to your own taste.
-add slices of apples and oranges.
-if you don’t have a fireplace or fire-pit, invest in one. Serve and consume while sat roasting marshmallows.
Check out mulledwinerecipe.com for more information.