The exact origins of mulled red wine (also known as spiced wine) are unknown, but historians speculate the first practitioners of this holiday tradition were likely adding medicinal benefits or enhancing flavor for a discerning, festive crowd. Whatever the reason, infusing spices into wine is a delicious way to add a special touch to your holiday celebrations.
Creating an enjoyable blend of mulled wine is easy and this winter warmer-upper is always well received at Thanksgiving, Christmas, during caroling time or at any impromptu party. Use the following recipe as your base to create a traditional palette-pleasing brew. Once you have it down, dare to experiment a bit by adding in small quantities of additional flavor notes like sage, lavender, mint, ginger, raisins, or honey. If you wish to liven things up further, add a half of a cup of brandy or port to the mix before heating.
Mulled Red Wine
1 quart red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup lemon peel, grated
1/4 cup orange peel, grated
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
2 clove leaves
1/2 cup sugar
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, heat all ingredients until warm. Remove from heat, strain, and serve.
If you prefer win at room temperature, strain and allow wine to sit until it cools.
If you prefer a stronger mulled wine, allow wine to sit for 1 hour before straining. Serve at room temperature or gently reheat if you would like to serve the wine warm.
**Excerpt from “Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving — with Over 100 Recipes!” by Barb Webb (c) 2015