The French call it “Vin Chaud,” and the Macedonians call it “Vareno vino;” but whatever you like to call it, from Botany Bay to Bulgaria – everyone enjoys cuddling a mulled wine at Winter.
Even though cooking wine in spices tends to rid the wine of its natural flavours and bouquets, we simply can’t walk by a wine bar with a crockpot on the counter top. There’s simply something so comforting about a glass of warmed wine.
So to ensure you make the most of this Winter ritual, here are some of our favourite mulled wine recipes.
Jamie Oliver calls this “Christmas in a glass.” And while it’s still a long way from Christmas down here in Australia, why should that stop you from enjoying a glass of this syrupy, warming, Christmassy cocktail?
It’s This recipe calls for Chianti, but it also works wonderfully with Sangiovese.
Like we said earlier, mulled wine goes by many names around the world, and in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries of the North, it’s known as Glogg (pronounced like ‘Glekk’), and it’s one of our favourite ways to enjoy warmed wine.
While this recipe calls for vodka, other recipes call for brandy or rum, which also balance perfectly with the raisins and the warm wine. Whichever you choose, just make sure that you’re not the designated driver – as Glogg certainly packs a punch.
Mulled White Wine
Whether you’ve got some Australian Riesling leftover from last night’s dinner party, or you just want to impress your guests with something a little different; this recipe for a mulled Riesling is bound to impress your guests and your taste buds.
As with Glogg, this recipe calls for apple brandy. However, it also works with apple schnapps, apple liqueur, and even apple-flavoured bourbons. Just avoid anything too sour, which will overpower the delicate flavours of the Riesling and the fruits.
Okay, it may not be wine, but it is a Nigella Lawson recipe and it does taste absolutely divine!
This soul-soothing recipe from Nigella includes a few cups of apple and ginger tea. However, for those who aren’t afraid to experiment; try it with our ViV!D Apple and Ginger Cider or our ViV!D Apple and Green Tea Cider. However, stocks are pretty limited, so you’ll want to order some soon to avoid disappointment.
In some areas of Germany, they take mulled wine to the next level by soaking a sugar loaf (a ‘Zuckerhut’) in high-proof rum, which is then balanced on a metal rack above a vat of warm, spiced wine; and lit on fire! We’ve never actually attempted this one, but as the sugarloaf melts, it apparently caramelises and drips into the warm wine below.
It’s sure to be an amazing crowd pleaser at any dinner party, but if you do attempt a feuerzangenbowle – do so with the utmost care and caution.