Spiced Cinnamon Wine
Enjoy It Anytime
A mulled-wine-recipe isn't just for the holidays. Homemade-mulled-wine is an excellent choice for a gift, and with your personal touch involved, it just makes it that much nicer and special.
Being budget-minded and just wanting to give the personal touch,
my daughter has spent time over holidays making gifts of her mulled-wine-recipe bottled in mason jars. She also included as an added treat, jars of homemade granola snacks along with it.
I stayed out of her way as she worked away at this. She was making a large batch for a number of people on her list, which involved quite a few bottles of inexpensive red wine.
For just a few people at home, one bottle would certainly make more than enough.
Good mulled wine doesn't require expensive wine at all.
Not a wine drinker myself, I really didn't expect that I would like this spiced-wine-drink. Wine has always given me horrible headaches and so I've avoided drinking wine in any quantity, even just a tiny glass.
But, the aroma coming from the kitchen from the mixture of spices
simmering on the stove was wonderful, and so I quite looked forward to sharing a taste, or my own jar of it perhaps if I was lucky.
Mulled wine simply means "heated and spiced."
This drink dates back through the centuries, and has been enjoyed not only to warm the body on a cold winters' night, but was drunk for health reasons throughout history.
A mulled wine can be made with white wine or red wine. By the way, mulled cider is made as a non-alcoholic beverage, which is popular as well for those not wanting the alcohol.
Traditionally, homemade-mulled-wine is served over the Christmas holidays. It can be made with few ingredients (namely spices) or a number of them.
Turns out, the choice is up to the cook, and your mulled-wine-recipe can be whatever you want it to be and WHENEVER you want it.
Not sure of the exact ingredients or measurements she used in her particular recipe, but I did see that a variety of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice were used. Most of us have these items in our cupboards, and I am assuming the measurements would be to personal taste.
If you have even just a little bit of leftovers and a bottle of wine, you can treat yourself to a delicious evening treat with some cheese and crackers. That's the beauty of this drink.
Lemon peel, sugar and honey were used in her mulled-wine-recipe as well.
There are basic spices like cloves and cinnamon used for mulled wine, but others such as cardamom, anise and mace can be used as well.
You can also make little cheesecloth "teabag-like" pouches too, simply by placing whichever spices you choose onto a cut piece and tying up with a string if you prefer to avoid straining the wine.
If you would like to try some homemade-mulled-wine, here are a few simple recipes.
Add to 3 cups water, a handfull of cloves and some cinnamon sticks, maybe 3 or 4.
Let simmer for 8 - 10 minutes, and throw in cut-up orange and lemon wedges.
Add in a pinch of allspice and nutmeg, and a few tablespoons of honey. Keep the mixture simmering.
Add one bottle of inexpensive red wine and continue to stir.
You want the mixture to be warm, not boiled as this boils off the alcohol.
Let simmer 5 more minutes and ladle into mugs. You can strain the liquid to remove any bits of peel (if put in as zest) or they can be left in the pot.
Combine all of the following ingredients on low heat
and simmer for a party crowd.
3 bottles inexpensive red wine
1 cup orange juice
1 heaping spoonful of brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of cloves
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. lemon zest
Serve individually in a mug with a cinnamon stick.
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup white sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring well.
To this mixture, add in 2 bottles of red wine, and the zest of one orange and one lemon. Chop up the lemon and orange and add them as well. Let simmer on low heat 30 - 40 minutes. Strain
the mixture and serve in mugs.
Well, I did luck out, and was given a jar of mulled wine.
I've concluded that homemade-mulled-wine is a lovely drink and not just for over the Christmas holidays, but for anytime.
Large batches for brewing and bottling your mulled-wine-recipe takes a bit of time and effort, but a small quantity would be fairly easy to whip up, and keeps quite nicely in the refrigerator.
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