Hot Spiced Wine is a traditional drink during winter and especially during the Christmas time. It is also known as mulled wine, although mulled wine is usually made with red wine only along with a variety of spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, etc.
Its first appearance was recorded during the second century in Rome. However, there are variations of this beverage almost everywhere in the world. Some of its commonly known names are Glühwein in Germany and Austria, Glögg in the Nordic countries (Gløgg in Norway and Denmark, Glögg in Sweden and Iceland and Glögi in Finland and Estonia), Forrait Bor in Hungary, Izvar in Moldova and Vin Chaud in France. Red wine, citrus, vanilla, honey, peppercorn, brandy and whiskey are some of the ingredients used in these variations.
On the contrary, the following recipe includes both red and white wine as its main ingredients along with orange, cinnamon and ginger.
Let’s take a look to this Hot Spiced Wine recipe…
For the mixture
- 2 bottles red wine, 750ml each
- 1 bottle white wine, 750ml
- Zest from 2 oranges
- Juice from 2 oranges
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
For the Garnish
- 12 orange slices
- 12 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
- Pour the orange juice in a large pot and add the red and white wine.
- Add the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, ginger, brown sugar and cloves.
- Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
- Cover the pot and put it over medium-high heat until all over the mixture is heated but not boiled.
- Lower the heat to medium-low and heat it for about an hour so that all of the flavors are combined.
- Strain the mixture and serve with an orange slice, a cinnamon stick and a splash of brandy if you like.
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