Have You Tried Mulled Wine? It Is Every Holiday’s Best Kept Secret

by Onyeka Ben
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You know how much we care for you our readers and we would do anything for you even if it is to go dig out some best secrets that have been enjoyed by only a few for centuries now, well this isn’t going to be a secret anymore as we are giving you one great cocktail recipe we had entreat you all our fabulous FashionGhana readers should try this cocktail before you ring into 2021, we are talking about Mulled Wine. Who doesn’t love wine even Jesus Christ turned water into wine and guess what he is the reason for this season so why not honour him by getting yourself a glass or two sipping the Mulled Wine which we know for a fact that you would love every taste as you savour down your hungry and thirsty throat. But what are Mulled wine, which is also known as spiced wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. It is served hot or warm and is alcoholic, although there are non-alcoholic versions of it. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.

Mulled wine is very popular and traditional in the United Kingdom at Christmas, and less commonly throughout winter. Mulled cider (and sometimes mulled ale, traditional yet no longer common) is also served, with a mulled apple juice as a non-alcoholic alternative.

Over the years the recipe for mulled wine has evolved with the tastes and fashions of the time. INGREDIENTS.- To every pint of wine allow 1 large cupful of water, sugar and spice to taste.

Mode In making preparations like the above, it is very difficult to give the exact proportions of ingredients like sugar and spice, as what quantity might suit one person would be to another quite distasteful. Boil the spice in the water until the flavour is extracted, then add the wine and sugar, and bring the whole to the boiling-point, then serve with strips of crisp dry toast, or with biscuits. The spices usually used for mulled wine are cloves, grated nutmeg, and cinnamon or mace. Any kind of wine may be mulled, but port and claret are those usually selected for the purpose, and the latter requires a very large proportion of sugar. The vessel that the wine is boiled in must be delicately cleaned and should be kept exclusively for the purpose. Small tin warmers may be purchased for a trifle, which is more suitable than saucepans, as, if the latter are not scrupulously clean; they spoil the wine, by imparting to it a very disagreeable flavour. These warmers should be used for no other purpose.

To begin, gather your ingredients.  For this mulled wine recipe, you will need:

  • Wine: No need to splurge on a pricey bottle any basic bottle of dry red or white wine will do. Or if you’re making a big batch, this is a great recipe to break out the boxed wine too!
  • Fresh oranges: One of which we will slice and mull with the wine, one of which you can slice and use as a garnish if you’d like. To minimize bitterness, feel free to peel the orange before simmering it in the wine.
  • Cinnamon:  mulled wine with cinnamon sticks are the best option, but you could whisk in some ground cinnamon if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Mulling spices: These vary in mulled wine from country to country, but whole cloves and star anise are my favourites, plus perhaps a few cardamom pods.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add your favourite sweetener to taste.  Sugar is classic, but I prefer to naturally sweeten mine with either maple syrup or honey.
  • Extra liqueur (optional): Similar to sangria, it’s also traditional to spike your mulled wine with an extra bit of liqueur, if you’d like.  I like to add a bit of brandy, bourbon or cognac, but any favourite liqueur will do here. Or you can skip the extra liqueur if you prefer.

 

 

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