I have been thinking about trying to make something to serve during the holiday. Possibly something with a slight cinnamon or clove flavor or maybe a cider flavor as well. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks for your help.
It’s hard to beat a hot cup of spiced wine. It’s actually called mulled wine. And, it’s very simple to make… All you need to start out is a bottle of your favorite wine. Usually, its a sweet or semisweet wine, but any wine you like will do.
Making Mulled Wine
Heat the wine up in a sauce pan. Add to this a mix of spices. Typically it’s a combination of spices such as cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, star anise, allspice and citrus peel. You can also go as simple as heating up the wine; add it to a coffee mug and throw in a couple of cinnamon stick and serve. If the wine’s not sweet enough add some brown sugar or honey, to taste.
When making a mulled wine a typical recipe would go something like this, but you also can play around with other ideas:
- 8 Whole Cloves
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Star Anise
Regardless of how you make the mulled wine, it’s a great way to enjoy the cold winter months and holiday gatherings, and there’s not much fuss to preparing it.
I have been making mulled wine to warm up the holidays for years. Not only does it taste incredible, it fills the house with a wonderful, comforting smell of the holiday season.
Happy Wine Making,
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.