Spicy, warming, comforting and flavourful, mulled wine will always be a Winter favourite of ours!
I love mulled wine! I love wine, I love any sort of wine recipe in fact! But there’s something about mulled wine that just transports me to another place.
Fun fact, I’ve actually had this post in my drafts since LAST CHRISTMAS!!!!! I have been so excited to share this with you, but alas time did not permit last Christmas when we went back to Australia for the crazy season!
Back when I was 15 I did a exchange through school to Germany. It was over the Christmas period so naturally we got to experience the wonders that is a German Christmas. One thing I will never forget was walking around the Christmas markets in Munich. It was snowy, cold and the air was full of amazing aromas of wine, spices, and pretzels.
Fast forward a couple of years when I was back in Germany again at the age of 17 (woohoo to the legal drinking age being 16), where I wasn’t on a school trip, and could now, being the legal drinking age, experience what I thought was the true spirit of Germany and Christmas- mulled wine.
This recipe will always take me back to that time in the German markets. There is just something so special about a winter Christmas when it’s cold outside, snowy, or rainy and all you want to do is curl up with a good book and a glass of red, or in that case, wander around the markets in the afternoon sipping on mulled wine out of a mug.
There is something about mulled wine, or any hot spiced and alchoholic drink that just sets the mood for a Winter Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas in Australia, when you’ve swapped your mulled wine for sparkling or white wine, your ugg boots for flip flops and your cosy sweaters with summery dresses, but there is just so much to love about Christmas in the snow.
In 2015, we had our first American and white Christmas. We sat around the fire on Christmas Eve, sipping on mulled wine and spiced apple cider with the Christmas lights on, the cosy ugly Christmas sweaters, and the snow falling. It was absolute bliss!
So in recognition of us spending yet another year in America, and our second American Christmas (hopefully a white one) we thought we’d share one of our favourite holiday drinks.
This mulled wine recipe is so easy to make. You literally just chuck in the wine, and spiced, leave it for a little white to stew, slowly warm it up then bang in a bit of sugar to sweeten it up (yes, very technical!). We made ours in our dutch oven over the stove top, and let it sit in there, cooled stewing in the spices for about half a day.
We could not recommend this recipe enough, if you are wanting to embrace a little European this Winter, seriously make mulled wine you won’t regret it! We’d love to see your holiday recipe snaps! Remember to tag us on instagram, @thehomecookskitchen with our recipe creations for a chance to be featured.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 3 quills cinnamon
- 12 cloves
- 12 cardoman pods
- 2 orange peel 2" or 5cm long pieces
- 2 slices orange
- 3 star anise
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup bourbon optional
- Place wine and spices in a large dutch oven and set aside for 2 hours to mull.
- Once ready, slowly heat up wine over low heat until warmed.
- Add sugar and dissolve. Keep adding sugar until desired sweetness has been reached.
- Serve hot in a mug and enjoy!
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what is your favourite Christmas drink? have you tried mulled wine before?
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He is learning how to be a very patient food blog dog!!! I could easily keep him away from the mulled wine, the ribs on the other hand, no chance!