It wouldn’t be the holiday season without the amazing smells of Mulled Wine circulating in your home. This, to me, is the epitome of a “Christmas Scent” and the fact that you can drink it up and enjoy the smell is a double win!
Here are step by step instructions on how to make this marvellous Mulled Wine this merry season!
Pour in 1/4 of your bottle of red wine. The wine you use shouldn’t be the cheapest red wine on the shelf, but don’t worry about grabbing the most expensive either. Just a mid-range bottle will do great! I chose a Jackson Triggs Cabernet Sauvignon.
Let the wine simmer on a medium heat (but not boil) until it is slightly syrupy in texture and taste . This will make a sweet base to infuse all the flavours into. The alcohol will be slightly boiled out in this stage, which is why we only added a quarter of the wine bottle (We want the rest of the wine to stay boozey, am I right?)
Add your spices! I added 2 cinnamon sticks (broken in pieces), ground clove, and brown sugar. Using brown sugar will add a caramel flavour which I love, but you could also use white sugar if desired. Some people also add star anise, but I am not a huge fan of that flavour so I left it out.
Turn down the heat to low and add citrus peel. Orange is an absolute necessity. I also love adding in lemon and lime for extra colour and zest! After peeling a bit of orange, feel free to cut up the rest and toss it in for extra yumminess!
Pour in the rest of the bottle of wine, and feel free to booze it up a touch with Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Spiced Rum. Just be careful not to add too much, the wine is heavy as it is! Warm it to your desired temperature, and serve!
Cheers to you and yours this holiday season, and enjoy your mulled wine!
Let me know if you try this Holiday How-To or if you have any other ingredients you like to add when you make Mulled Wine!