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The easiest and tastiest Mulled Wine you will make and drink. It requires a few ingredients and a few minutes to make. Perfect recipe to warm you up this season.
With winter setting its mark in the UAE, al fresco dinning, sweaters and warm drinks are the lifestyle going forward. This recipe is no exception. I absolutely love the smell of mulled wine wafting through the house. You don’t even need a scented candle to set the ambiance, make a pot of this and the house will be filled with spices, fruity scents and red wine.
This ain’t no traditional recipe, it is my quick and easy fool proof mulled wine to get you sorted through the holidays with friends and family of even for yourself. I have made this recipe for 2 people but you could multiply it and make enough for a crowd as well. As for the ingredients and equipment, there aren’t many substitutes as the recipe incorporates minimal ingredients to ensure a simple and pocket friendly mulled wine.
I have used a full bodied red wine in this recipe. Which ever red wine you use ensure it isn’t sweet. If you are using dry red wine you might need to add a little more brown sugar or even a dash of maple syrup to balance out the flavors. The recipe called for bourbon and I have used Wild Turkey, the same one in my Maple Old Fashioned. You don’t need a very fancy bourbon but this definitely adds a layer of flavor to the mulled wine. Let us talk flavors, I’ve used cinnamon, star anise and orange, you could also add a little nutmeg, sliced apples or a few berries as well. Ive also added some vanilla extract once its been taken off the heat.
Food Pairing – Meat is a great option to pair with this drink. Grilled lamb chops, tenderloin, steak and mushroom pie, sausages, pork chops, bbq chicken thighs, chicken pot pie, shepherds pie, cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese, Ragu with any pasta, etc. As for vegetarian options, mushrooms on toast is a great option, quiches, goats cheese and caramelized onion pizza, mezze platters with olives, cheese and bread, roasted eggplant and pomegranate, etc are a few ideas to get you planning your menu. I would recommend serving this with my Cheeseboard bread recipe, you will love the combination!
Mulled wine is mostly served in mugs or any cup with a handle as it is served hot. The leftover mulled wine can be placed in an air tight jar and stored in a cupboard away from sunlight for a week. I would recommend removing the fruit and spices from the leftover wine and the moisture from the fruit could ferment the wine during the storing period.
Now that we have covered the essentials of making mulled wine, let us get down to making some – you can watch how I made it here. Happy Drinking Ninjas!
- Small sauce pot
- Stirring spoon
- 1/2 Bottle Red Wine
- 1/4 cup Bourbon
- 3 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Orange slices
- 2 Star anise
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange slices
- Star anise
- In a sauce pot on medium heat add all the ingredients except for the garnish ingredients.
- Let the mixture come to a gentle simmer and stir around.
- Once it is bubbling, remove from the heat and pour into desired glasses.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick, star anise and orange slice. Serve hot.
- Don’t let the mixture boil for too long it will evaporate the alcohol content.
- If it is too strong for you add a couple tablespoons of any fruit juice you like.
- Don’t over do it as the sugar content will make it too sweet.
- If you aren’t a fan of cinnamon or star anise use any spices you like, for eg: cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla or even some ginger.