Mulled Wine Recipe
Favorite Fall beverage
Mulled Wine is my favorite new Fall drink. Fall is my favorite time of the year because you have the comfort and joy of cozy fireplaces, candlelight, and good food. All you need now to make a fall night perfect is something warm to sip on while sitting around the fire.
Something a little different
I was looking for something a little different from the traditional coffee, cider or a hot toddy that I normally drink during the fall or just on a cold winter’s night and Mulled wine is a great alternative to the same ole same ole drinks.
Mulled wine is cheap and easy to prepare. Use a cheap red wine, that is fruity. Heat/toast the spices in a pan for a bit, add them to the pot of wine, with a little honey and apple cider. And let it simmer. Is that simple or what? I added some lemon and orange slices to the pot and just a little Gran Gala which I used instead of Gran Marnier. You could omit the Gran Gala and add it to each glass if you’d prefer but since everyone in my home loves any beverage that has a little-grown folks juice in it I add the Gran Gala to the pot. Do not judge us!!
Now you’re ready to fill up your glasses and snuggle by the fire!
Yield: 4-6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 bottle red wine – I use an inexpensive fruity red that’s on the sweet side try Cabernet Sauvignon
3 cups unsweetened apple cider – I use store-bought Apple cider which is pictured above
1/4 cup honey
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
4-5 star anise
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon, fresh ground nutmeg – I was out of ground nutmeg so used the powder and it came out just fine
1/4 cup of Gran Gala
1 lemon, sliced
cranberries (optional for garnish)
1 small orange sliced
Combine wine, cider, and honey into a pot or slow cooker and heat over low to medium heat.
Place cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, star anise, cloves and ground nutmeg in a small sauce pan and roast over medium heat for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add spices to wine mixture and continue to heat for about 25-30 minutes, making sure it doesn’t come to a boil and stirring occasionally to make sure the honey dissolves. Some recipes call for adding fresh fruit only to garnish but I added my lemon and oranges to the wine as it cooked.
When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve.
Mulled wine can be left on the stove to heat for many hours and if you don’t drink it just put it in the fridge and reheat the next day.
Have you every had Mulled wine?