How to cook mulled wine?
Mulled wine is translated from German as “burning wine”. This traditional drink in Europe is consumed during the winter festivals and Christmas markets. He really helps to warm up and saves from colds. And the excellent taste of mulled wine attracts new connoisseurs of this unusual and wonderful drink.
Mulled wine - a drink with a rich history. It was prepared in ancient Rome, adding to the wine not only spices, but also dates, mastic resin. In the Middle Ages, the drink was considered exclusively a drug, and in Scandinavia, they were just basking in the cold. Of course, the recipes have changed over the years, but the very principle of making hot wine has remained unchanged.
How to cook mulled wine. Main ingredients
There is no exact recipe for mulled wine, and this is where the main charm of this drink lies. Everyone selects the ingredients to your taste, you can experiment, add spices or favorite fruits, but the basic rules for making mulled wine should remain unchanged.
Mulled wine is made from dry or semi-dry red wine. The alcohol content in the finished drink should be no more than 7%. As for spices, then clove, cinnamon, anise, allspice, cardamom and bay leaf are added to classic mulled wine. If you wish, you can put ginger, lemon zest, nuts, apples or raisins. It should be borne in mind that the spices should not be ground.
Mulled wine. How to cook
We give a recipe for classic mulled wine, but do not forget that all the ingredients, except red wine, can be changed to your liking.
The most important rule - mulled wine is heated to 75-80 * C, but not boiled, otherwise all alcohol will evaporate from the drink, and you will get the usual compote.
So, we take fireproof dishes (better enameled), a bottle of red wine (Khvanchkara, Cabernet or Kindzmaraulli), 6 clove buds, 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey, juice of half a lemon, 5 peas (allspice or black), on a pinch of cardamom, cinnamon , nutmeg and bay leaf. All combine and heat on the fire to the desired temperature. Then turn off the fire, cover with a lid and insist for about 15 minutes. After that, pour in circles and serve guests. You can add apples and oranges to the drink (both together and separately) - this will make the taste of mulled wine even more unusual and bright.
When we already know how to brew mulled wine at home, it is necessary to clarify how and with what it should be served.
Mulled wine is usually served in special mugs or glasses for mulled wine with a large handle and from thick glass. It is convenient to hold a mug by the handle - the drink is hot enough, and the thick glass prevents premature cooling of mulled wine.
As an appetizer they serve hard cheeses, grilled meat or poultry, fruit or fruit salads.