Holiday Cooking With Herbs: Mulled Wine

Holiday Cooking With Herbs

Mulling wine was historically a way of making bad wine drinkable again, by heating it up with a handful of spices, sugar and herbs until it becomes fragrant and sweet. Mulled Wine is synonymous with Christmas both managing to capture all the familiar smells we love, and providing us with a satisfying warm drink for those cold winters nights.

Mulled Wine

This recipe uses a few herbs as well as the traditional spices, which I feel add something a little extra without loosing the nostalgia. It’s also worth pointing out that you need to avoid overheating the wine – which would make the alcohol evaporate and change the taste.

I’d suggest drinking this in the same way I do – snuggled up with your loved ones watching a festive film such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (cheesy but oh so festive!).

This article also forms part of Kalyn’s “Holiday Cooking With Herbs” event.

Mulled Wine Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 65g Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Pinch of Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Orange
  • 1 Tsp Cloves
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary
  • 1 Dry Bayleaf

Mulled Wine Recipe – Method

  1. Place wine and all ingredients into a saucepan over a low heat
  2. Continue slowly heating until very hot but not bubbling (it should be smelling very nice by now!)
  3. Pour out into mugs and drink while still hot.


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