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An Easy Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

Updated on September 6, 2014

An Easy Recipe: Mulled Wine Made Simple

Follow Mamma Francesca's super simple mulled wine recipe, and delight in the age-old European tradition of drinking this delectable hot beverage.My first introduction to mulled wine was during my winter vacation to Brussels, Belgium. In the centre of the city, there was a beautiful Christmas market where every other stall sold a homemade variety of mulled wine, or vin chaud as it is known in French-speaking areas of the world. I remember how this wonderful drink would warm our cold bodies as we would walk around in the -20 degree temperatures.Then, a year later, I discovered that my Italian mother-in-law is an expert mulled wine maker. Her recipe is so simple and so delicious that I could not help but share it here in this article. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!Happy Brewing!

What is mulled wine?

The definition and history of mulled wine.

Mulled wine is a traditional European drink usually served during the winter season, mostly around Christmas. Though the ingredients for mulled wine vary from country to country, all versions include red wine that has been boiled and spiced. Common spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves while other possible ingredients include vanilla, lemon and orange peels, sugar, honey, peppercorn and apples. If red wine is not available, it is also possible to use other fruity wines such as blueberry or cherry wine. To see a full list of mulled wine variants, please visit the Wikipedia Mulled Wine Page.Though it is difficult to pinpoint the era in which mulled wine first came into existence, most historians agree that the custom of mulling wine reaches back as far as the early Roman times. We also know that years on, during the Medieval Times, the mulling and spicing of wine was an established practice, carried out to prevent young wines brewed in autumn from spoiling during the winter.In every era, mulled wine was consumed during the cold months to keep the body warm and healthy, a practice which was not completely erroneous as hot wine was more sanitary than drinking water at the time. Even in the modern day, we drink mulled wine for the very same reason.Though mulled wine has always been consumed during the winter months for obvious reasons, its affiliation with the Christmas season was first popularized by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the film It's a Wonderful Life.

Sources:We Are Never Full: Drink of the MonthGrape.com: Mulled Wine History

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Mamma Francesca grew up in the northern region of Italy called Valle D'Aosta. She has incredibly fond memories of her family sitting around the Christmas dinner table, sipping vin brul and taking in the exotic aromas of the holiday season. Though those days are gone, Francesca still continues to make her version of mulled wine for her family during the cold winter months.Her recipe is typical to Northern Italy in that the wine is boiled until it loses all its alcohol content. This process can be accelerated by setting the surface of the wine on fire as you will see below.Mulled wine in other countries, on the other hand, tends to boil for a shorter period of time to preserve the alcohol. In fact, alcohol is often added in the form of rum, brandy or sherry later on to give it an extra kick!As the newest addition to her family, I feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this old family tradition. I hope you enjoy it as well!

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 litres of red wine
  • 4 cloves
  • a pinch of grated nutmeg
  • three sticks of cinnamon
  • two small lemon peels
  • two small orange peels
  • 250 g of sugar
  • one apple without the skin cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Peel the lemon and the orange. All you need are four peels (two from the lemon and two from the orange) slightly larger than a dollar coin in size.Put the solid ingredients together in one large pot and add the wine.The first, less adventurous option is to bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer for 5-8 minutes. This will allow all the alcohol to evaporate from the mixture.However, if you are feeling brave, you can always accelerate the evaporation process by lighting a flame on the surface of the mulled wine with a match as soon as it comes to a boil. If you choose to do so, the wine will only need to cook for a couple minutes. Be very careful not to burn yourself or any objects around you when lighting the surface on fire as the flame will jump high in the air.When finished, ladle the mulled wine into a festive mug, find a cosy corner, and relax!
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Who is an unbeaten expert in the brewing of mulled wine? Jamie Oliver, of course! After many requests from eager fans, Jamie came up with a recipe for mulled wine that is sure to knock your socks off.In addition to choosing a refined red Chianti, Jamie has laid the ingredients on thick, using cinnamon, fresh bay leaves, vanilla, cloves, lime, lemon, clementines, nutmeg and star anise. Unlike Mamma Francesca's recipe, Jamie starts by making a syrup out of the solid ingredients and a small amount of wine. After the syrup has had time to simmer, he adds the rest of the wine and brings the mixture to a slow boil. Doing so allows him to preserve the alcohol content of the drink.If you are looking for a recipe with a high alcohol content and sweet, rich flavour, Jamie Oliver's mulled wine recipe could be the perfect choice. To see a full set of instructions and ingredients, be sure to click on the link below!

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Choose the Best Wine for Mulled Wine

Not all red wines are equal!

The wonderful thing about mulled wine is that you can brew it to suit your personal taste. In other words, there really is no best wine for mulled wine - just make sure you choose a brand you enjoy drinking!This being said, experts tend to recommend dry red wines over sweet wines as they create a more authentic and sophisticated flavour. Popular dry red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah. These wines contain zero sugar residue.Another recommendation is to avoid wasting your best wines on making mulled wine. The final product will be so full of spices, sugar and citris anyway, that you will not be able to perceive the subtle flavours of the wine itself. For this reason, it is best to go with a cheap wine in the $5-10 range. Keep that $100 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon you've been treasuring in your wine cabinet for another occasion!

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Did you enjoy this simple mulled wine recipe? - Let me know how you got on!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious and I sure love family tried and true recipes. Thanks for sharing your link on foodloversweb.com :)

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      yum... I love mulled wine

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      piedromolinero 4 years ago

      I love mulled wine. I enjoyed it especially when visiting a Christmas market on a cold winter evening.

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      OneHappyFeet 4 years ago

      Looks good thanks for tips.

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      Nettie 2 years ago

      Good point. I hadn't thhguot about it quite that way. :)

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      Angel 2 years ago

      nice one there Michelle indeed our Abba Father sure does have taste. that's why i just lvooooooe Him. thank God 4 people like u

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