Making your own mulled wine: these are the basics

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Why make your own mulled wine?

We hear you thinking: but if it is also available ready-made, why make your own mulled wine? Well, first of all, because it’s fun. Second, because it’s a lot tastier.

For example, you can decide for yourself which wine you use – as opposed to the relatively bad wine used for the ready-to-drink product – and you use real ingredients instead of flavors and sweeteners.

Mulled wine = red wine + spices

For mulled wine you use a bottle of red wine – you can tell by the red colour. It doesn’t matter which red wine you use. We would advise not to use such an expensive one. Sounds crazy, but you change the taste with spices anyway. In fact, making mulled wine is the perfect way to use up a less tasty bottle of wine.

The typical spices you add to mulled wine are a cinnamon stick, a few whole star anises, cloves and an orange, sliced. In addition, many people add a few spoonfuls of sugar or a little honey to make it a little sweeter. You can also add half a lemon sliced ​​to compensate for the sweetness.

Make your own mulled wine

How do you work then? Simple: empty a bottle of red wine into a pan and add orange, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and optionally sugar and lemon. Then heat the wine for half an hour, so that the flavors can absorb well. Important: do this on low heat! When the wine boils, the alcohol evaporates – and let’s be honest, we don’t want that.

When the wine is nice and warm and spicy , it is important to strain it. That star anise in your glass of mulled wine looks nice, but is a lot less convenient to drink… It is nice to serve your wine with the orange slices.

Variations on homemade mulled wine

Are you tired of the traditional mulled wine? Here’s how you can make it in other ways:

  • Try it with white wine! The taste takes some getting used to, but that is also very tasty.
  • If you want to make alcohol-free mulled wine , do that with berry juice or apple juice. You can of course also use non-alcoholic wine.
  • In addition to cinnamon, cloves and star anise, you can also add other spices. Think nutmeg, bay leaf, cardamom and peppercorns. So it looks more like the English mulled wine .
  • Add a dash of cognac, rum or vodka to the mulled wine. Extra nice and warm! A dash of amaretto gives your mulled wine a nice cherry flavour.

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