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