For those of you who follow my writing (thank you!) you know I love Christmas. From the lights to the shiny ornaments, even the late-night gift-wrapping on Christmas Eve doesn’t thwart me. What I love most of all, though, is yummy festive food. Like this mulled wine recipe – a warm blend of spices, dry wine and orange slices that transports you to the Christmas markets of Europe.
Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe
My hubby and I have travelled a lot over the years. Early in our marriage, before kids came on the scene, and when I still worked for British Airways, we would jump on a plane on a Friday night and wind up spending the weekend in Europe. We lived in Dubai at that time so it was a much shorter flight than it is now from Toronto. My memories of that time as always are entangled with the food I tried out on various trips. This mulled wine recipe is form those early trips. Since then it has become a Christmas staple in our house. It doesn’t feel like the holiday season till I’ve made my first pot of mulled wine.
- 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.
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