Mulled Wine is an old traditional drink that is served during the holiday season as the weather begins to change and it gets chilly outside. I dust off my Crock-Pot during the Thanksgiving holiday and make a big pot of Mulled Wine for my family and friends. While I’m making this ancient traditional holiday wine version of a hot toddy, I feel like an old medicine woman mixing my secret potion of red wine, spices and fruits sweetened with honey. Warmed all day on low heat in a Crock-Pot or easily made on the stovetop, this drink really hits the spot! Mulled wines have been keeping people warm for centuries and is a great addition to any holiday gathering. What I love most about this varied wine recipe is that it’s just like sangria – you can mix and match to your own satisfaction!
Try this ancient elixir during the holidays and please send me your comments on how you like Mulled Wine?
Happy Thanksgiving and Cheers,
Ali in the Valley
The History on Mulled Wine:
Mulled wine dates back to Roman antiquity, but it wasn’t until the 14th century that the mix of wine, fruit and spices gained its name, from an Old English word meaning “muddled.” While the word “muddle” is most commonly used today to denote a generally confused state, in its original meaning, that confused state was brought about with alcohol. It is thought that the process of mulling wine was first employed as a way to save wine that was about to spoil.
Charles Dickens gets the credit for elevating mulled wine into a traditional holiday drink. While mulled wine appeared in several of the beloved novelist’s books, it was its appearance in his popular short story, A Christmas Carol, that sealed its place in Christmas culinary history.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Alison Ball
One bottle 750 mL of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)
One peeled and sliced orange keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot
1/4 cup of brandy
1/3 cup honey or sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger allspice can be substituted
To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling) for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!