The last couple of months of the year come wrapped in a festive bow with Diwali marking the beginning of the season and New Year, the end. But during this happy but crazy time it’s also important to relax and take a breather. What better way to do that than over a warming comfort drink. Which brings me to Mulled Wine.
Think Sangria – but less sweet. Spicy and warm, this drink can be ready in half an hour, just as your guests are walking in the door. A whiff of this warm, elegant brew on the stove and I invariably feel as if I’m at the Christmas markets in Europe.
Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe
Mulled wine is made differently in every home, pub and market kiosk. I have tried it a variety of ways and this recipe with warm spices, dry red wine and hot apple cider is by far my favourite. Like a good friend, this drink is quite forgiving, and you can tweak it with YOUR favourite festive spices and make it your own.
Tips from the kitchen
- The cider takes a while to fully absorb the flavour of the spices. The 20 minutes of simmering is also the time you need to make your home smell of Christmas.
- If kids are also drinking you could take some of the spiced warm cider out before you add in the wine.
- Don’t let the mixture simmer for too long after adding in the wine. You don’t want to boil all the alcohol away.
I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious mulled wine is. A perfect way to start a festive evening, mulled wine comes together with such little effort and will you up even on the coldest night.
- 5 cups sweet apple cider
- 1 bottle of any dry red wine
- 6-7 cloves
- 4 cardamoms
- 3 bay leaves
- 5-6 cinnamon sticks
- Orange slices and cinnamon sticks for decoration
Pour the cider into a heavy-bottomed pan and boil it along with the spices.
Once it starts boiling turn the heat to medium and let the mixture simmer for twenty minutes.
Occasionally skim the scum off from the top of the cider.
Pour in the wine and turn it up to boil one final time.
Serve warm in pretty glasses.
Along with this easy Mulled Wine recipe I’m so excited to be sharing recipes from fellow Canadian bloggers under the hashtag #CANRecipe. Food that will give you a flavour of the season, delicious Christmas Classics straight from our kitchens.
From the top left the dishes are:
Nanaimo Truffles @ Dish’n’ the Kitchen
Dipped Oreos @ The Inspired Home
Mulled Wine @ Maple and Marigold
Bacon Fried Rice @ Allergy Girl Eats
Cole’s Pudding @ Off The Porch
Chocolate covered Whiskey-Soaked Figs @ Everday Allergen Free
Shortbread Cookies @ Mommydo