Mulled wine – this is the season for Mulled Wine. What is mulled wine? Mulled wine is almost similar to a warm Sangria but much simpler to make.
It is generally not fortified with spirits.
It is usually made with a bold, fruity style wine. Jam Jar is the best choice for a red wine that will be simmering.
I use two bottles and simmer in a crockpot or stove top in a large pan. Add cinnamon- about a tablespoon, a few cloves, orange zest or peel.
It simmers for an hour and is ladled into mugs. Another wine suggestion for the mulled wine is an Italian wine called Adesdo. Both wines are in the $10.99 range.
Although not as common, a mulled white wine can be made and then chilled. I suggest hard cider, Angry Orchards. Take two bottles or cans, simmer slightly for about half an hour. Add less spice though, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and one or two cloves. Orange slices – one or two but slice the entire orange to place in a punch bowl or chilled pitcher. This is for flavor but also a festive look. I have added pomegranate seeds also once it is chilled.
Once the Angry Orchards is simmered, let cool. Add 3 or 4 chilled bottles of Angry Orchards to the chilled mixture. You can serve this is in a pitcher or a punch bowl.
Flutes are more festive with this sparkling type of mulled wine.
If you want more “ bubbles” to the white mulled wine, add Pelligrini or an unflavored seltzer.
The Angry orchard makes a fun WHITE chilled mulled wine and has the best flavor as do the other two red wines mentioned above.
These are simple adult beverages that people can serve themselves. Also perfect for a cocktail party with finger foods.
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Origins of Mulled Wine.
Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in Rome during the 2nd century. The Romans travelled across Europe, conquering much of it and trading with the rest. The legions brought wine and viticulture with them up to the Rhine and Danube rivers and to the Scottish border, along with their recipes.
The Forme of Cury, a medieval English cookery book from 1390, which mentioned mulled wine, says: “Pur fait Ypocras …” grinding together cinnamon, ginger, galangal, cloves, long pepper, nutmeg, marjoram, cardamom, and grains of paradise (“spykenard de Spayn”, rosemary may be substituted). This is mixed with red wine and sugar (form and quantity unstated).
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