It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and you begin craving a cup of something warm and cozy!
Here at Painted Cellars, we definitely appreciate a delicious recipe when it features wine. This mulled wine recipe is a traditional take on a European classic–it’s not common you find Mulled Wine in the United States! But that’s what makes this drink extra fun and special! The beginnings of warmed wine flavored with spices started in Rome, but today it is most popular in Britain, especially during Christmas celebrations.
We suggest making up a batch (or two) for an upcoming party of family gathering and let everyone try this unique drink and warm up on a cool night!
Traditional Mulled Wine
1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds
½ cup crandberries (fresh or frozen)
¼ cup brandy
¼ cup sugar
8 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Slice the orange first, then combine all ingredients in a large non-aluminum pot. Turn on heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Remember, do NOT bring to a boil, or you will boil all the alcohol out! Simmer anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours for optimum flavor.
(Optional: Strain out cloves, cinnamon sticks and fruit if desired)