Making the perfect Mulled Wine06/12/2021
Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century. It was created by the Romans who would heat wine to defend their bodies against the cold winter. As the Romans conquered much of Europe throughout the next century, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they traded with.
The tradition of mulled wine for Christmas, or more broadly for the end-of-year festivities, did not appear until the 1890s, thanks in particular to the Christmas markets that were very popular at that time in Germany. The idea of consuming mulled wine to warm up at an outdoor market in the middle of winter then appealed to many sellers. They began to offer this beverage for sale, each with their own recipe, and a particular glass or label design, to stand out from the competition.
All you need are the following ingredients (for 2 bottles of wine - If you're making more then scale up accordingly!):
2 bottles of red wine - anything will do as long as it's full flavoured & not sweet - Rhone or Riojan reds are great, as is Carmenere, Grenache or anything that tickles your tastebuds!
2 whole cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg
1 vanilla pod (if you're feeling fancy)
2 whole star anise
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tablespoons honey / maple syrup
1 x whole orange
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