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5 Homemade Christmas wine recipes from around the world

Updated on October 14, 2013
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History of Wine Drinking

Making homemade wine is a common practice in many homes during Christmas time.

Wine has been a popular drink since ancient times and is even mentioned in the Bible.

Archaeologists claim wine drinking originated in Georgia where there was an abundance of grapevines.

In China archaeologists discovered deposits in pieces of ancient Chinese clay drinking vessels which were similar in smell to wine. The drink was said to be made from a combination of honey, fruit and rice. The fruit was taken from a type of grapes which were found growing wild in China.


Wine Drinking Around the World At Christmas Time

Today the popular wine brewed in China is rice wine.

Grapes are the most common fruit used in wine making but in some countries oranges, king coconuts and spices are used too.

In cold climates wine is usually served during Christmas time for 2 reasons: to celebrate the Christmas season and to keep warm.

Below is a list of five homemade Christmas wine recipes from countries around the world.

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Type of German Wine Served At Christmas - Glühwein

Ingredients:

  • Red wine - 1 bottle
  • 1 orange sliced and seeds removed
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Cloves - 10
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon sticks – 3

Method:

Place a pan on the cooker and into the pan add the water, sugar, spices and orange. Cook on low heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from fire, strain and set aside.

Pour the red wine into a separate pan and heat gently but do not boil. Add the wine to the orange and water mixture. Serve into wine glasses and garnish with orange slices.

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Type of Kerala Wine Served At Christmas - Christmas Grape Wine

*This wine should be made 2 months in advance. Wines taste better with age.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large glass jars – sterilized with hot water and dried
  • Active dry yeast – 2 teaspoons (dissolve the yeast in ½ cup warm water and let rise)
  • Seedless Grapes – 1 kilo washed and stalks removed
  • Sugar - 2 kilos
  • 1 cinnamon stick – crushed
  • Cloves – 3
  • Sugar for caramelizing – ½ cup

Method:

Select a large glass jar to keep the grape wine in. Sterilize the jar with hot water. Set a side and allow to completely air dry. Mash the grapes and to this add a kilo of sugar. Mix thoroughly. Put the grape and sugar mixture into the dry jar and add the yeast, cinnamon and spices to it. Gently pour the water into the mixture and stir well. Put the lid on the jar and let the grape mixture ferment inside the jar for 3 weeks. Stir the grape mixture once a day until the 3 weeks are over. Make sure to always put the lid back on the jar after stirring.

Once the 3 weeks have passed wash, sterilize and completely dry another large glass jar. Strain the wine and put it into the new jar. Add the balance 1 kilo of sugar to the wine and stir. Close the lid tightly and leave for another 3 weeks.

After the 3 weeks has passed take another large glass jar and strain the wine into it. Add the caramelized sugar to it. Stir till fully dissolved. Strain again and pour into sterilized bottles and keep till ready to serve.

How to caramelize the sugar:

Heat the sugar in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil. Do not stir. When the mixture becomes thick and syrupy remove from fire. Let it cool a bit before mixing it with the wine but do not allow the mixture to get hard.

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Type of Poland Wine Served At Christmas – Krupnik

Ingredients:

  • Water – 4 cups hot water
  • Honey – 1 ¼ cups
  • ¼ Vanilla bean – split
  • Rind of 1 orange – grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick – crushed
  • Cloves – 3
  • Peppercorns – 8
  • Nutmeg – ¼ teaspoon
  • Allspice – ½ teaspoon
  • Vodka – 2 cups

Method:

Heat sugar in a pan over medium low heat with 2-3 tablespoons of cold water added to it. Once the sugar is dissolved add the hot water, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg and allspice. Bring to a boil and lower the heat and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.

Put the liquid back into a pan and to this add the grated rind of orange and honey. Heat on medium low stirring constantly and bring to a boil. Remove from fire and allow to cool slightly. Add the vodka and serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later.

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Type of Sri Lankan Wine Served At Christmas - – King Coconut Wine

Ingredients:

  • 2 large glass bowls
  • 1 muslin cloth – cloth should be enough to cover the glass bowl.
  • King coconut water - 3 bottles (One bottle equals 750 ml)
  • Sugar – 1 ½ kilograms make into a caramelized sugar.
  • Active yeast – 1 tablespoon
  • Cloves – 5
  • 1 stick Cinnamon – crushed
  • Cardamoms – 6

Method:

Sterilize a large glass bowl in hot water and completely dry it. Then add the king coconut water, yeast, cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms into the glass bowl. Stir and close with the muslin cloth and leave for a week. After a week open the cloth and add the caramelized sugar into the coconut water mixture. Stir and close again with the same cloth and leave for another week. After the week is up strain the wine into a new glass bowl and close with the cloth. Leave for another three weeks stirring the mixture every 3rd day. Then strain and pour into empty wine bottles.

How to caramelize the sugar:

Heat the sugar in a pan with 1 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Do not stir. When the mixture becomes thick and syrupy remove from fire. Let it cool a bit before mixing it with the wine but do not allow the mixture to get hard.

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Type of Sweden and Norway Wine Served at Christmas - Glögg

Ingredients:

  • Red wine – 1 bottle
  • Brandy – ½ liter
  • Cardamoms – 5 pods
  • Cloves - 5
  • 1 Cinnamon stick – crushed
  • ½ Orange peel – grated
  • 250 grams sugar
  • Raisins – ½ cup

Method:

Place a pan on the cooker and into the pan add all the ingredients. Cook on low heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from fire, strain and serve.

© 2011 Suranee Perera

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Wow! This is brilliant. Thanks a million and I will bookmark so I can try. Love the recipe from Sri Lanka.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you so much TheListLady. King coconut wine is a popular wine made in Sri Lankan homes of those who celebrate Christmas.Some of us begin making it 2-3 months before Christmas:)

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