Let’s cheers to the weekend and to getting cozy with a mug full of warm, spiced Mulled Wine!
I’m so excited for this recipe for so many reasons:
- If there’s one thing I know, it’s that the holidays need a warm cocktail in hand. Especially when you live in the tundra and like to watch the snow from inside. By a fire. Or candles. Under a blanket.
- It reminds me of being on top of a mountain in New Zealand.
- All the mulled spices… let’s look into it!
Mulled Wine is actually a fairly recent addition to my life. Until New Zealand, I actually hadn’t had mulled wine before. I was so pleasantly surprised with it – especially considering I’m 100% all about pure wine. No frills. Just give me a glass of dry red, and I’m a happy girl!
But give me a glass of warm, mulled wine that makes me feel all sorts of cozy? I’m a happy girl watching snow fall outside. A surprised happy girl, but happy nonetheless! You will be too – trust me on this!
What is Mulled Wine?
Mulled Wine is basically warmed wine, full of “mulled spices”…
- star anise
- orange zest
Those are the main stars. Another addition in this recipe is some apple cider for a subtle sweetness.
If you don’t have – or don’t want to use – apple cider, you can absolutely leave it out. The addition of cider helps to spread out the serving size a bit more; leaving it out creates a little more wine-heavy mulled wine. To each their own. 😉
The Best Wine for Simple Mulled Wine
Easy answer: your favorite drinking wine!
You definitely don’t want to go in with the mindset that a super cheap wine is best because you’re “hiding the flavor” – because that is absolutely not the case. Yes, there are additional flavors added the wine, and tiny subtleties in flavor may be covered, but the wine does shine through. So you want to be sure it’s one you enjoy.
It’s no secret I love a good dry red…ok, you need to use red wine for this recipe, that’s a requirement. I’d recommend a bold wine such as a Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best Way to Serve Mulled Wine
Served warm to a simmer is the absolute best. Similar to tea in temperature, but adding a boozy, spice-filled vibe. Serving in a cozy mug or glass that holds its heat is preferred! If you need a sweet treat with it, Pistachio Butter Cookies are a hit!
Mulled Wine is SO easy to make and ready in 20 minutes; warm mugs of this spice-filled drink are the perfect way to jazz up a holiday party!
- 1 bottle bold red wine
- 1 large orange, zested and sliced (plus more for garnish)
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 cup apple cider (optional)
- In a large saucepan, add all ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes – make sure the wine doesn’t come to a complete boil for long as the alcohol will boil down.
- Remove from heat and strain. Serve in mugs and garnish with additional orange slices or cinnamon sticks as desired.
Keep remaining wine warm on the stove; it will only become more intensely flavored as the spices “mull” together.
If you have remaining wine, store in an airtight container and reheat on the stove.
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