As the temperatures continue to drop and the holidays approach, you might be looking for a cozy beverage to enjoy in the evenings. If you’re a wine connoisseur, mulled wine might be right up your alley. Keep reading to learn about mulled wine and how to make it.
What is Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine is a warm, cozy winter drink for wine lovers. More specifically, it is typically a combination of red wine, sugar, and spices, all heated together to create the perfect drink for a chilly evening. This sweet and spicy beverage is popular in Europe, specifically in Scandinavia, but it is gaining popularity in the United States.
How to Make Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is simple to make. All you do is mix red wine with some combination of spices like cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg. Some recipes might call for other add-ins, such as vanilla, ginger, orange zest, and even spirits. Simmer everything together until the flavors have melded and the concoction has warmed, and enjoy!
If that seems like too much work, you’re in luck. Many grocery stores sell ready-to-drink mulled wine. You’ll start seeing them as the holidays approach, so keep your eye out at your local grocery store.
Here’s a roundup of the best store bought mulled wines, so you don’t waste any time in finding one you enjoy!
Interesting Mulled Wine Facts
- The redder the mulled wine, the fresher it is.
- We can thank the Romans for coming up with mulled wine.
- Mulled wine is called different things around the world: Glogg in Sweden, Vin Chaud in France, Gluhwein in Germany, Bisschopswijn in the Netherlands, and Caribou in Quebec.
- If you add any spirits to mulled wine, the drink technically becomes Schuss.
Mulled Wine Recipes
Like we said before, every mulled wine is a little different, which is why we’ve shared several recipes below. Look through them and see what sounds best to you, and then play around with the recipe until you find your ideal mulled wine. If you end up combining several recipes to make your own, just don’t forget to write it down so you don’t forget it!
Robinette’s Mulled Wine
We might be a little biased, but we think our recipe is the best! Next time you visit Robinette’s, pick up the ingredients below so you can try it yourself!
- 1 bottle of Robinette’s Cranberry wine
- 1 bottle of Robinette’s Robin Red wine
- 1/2 package of Robinette’s mulling spices
Classic Mulled Wine (with maple syrup and brandy)
Holiday Spiced Wine (with apple cider)
Spiced Mulled Wine (with fresh cranberries)
Mulled Wine (with orange liqueur)
It sounds like it’s time to throw together a batch of mulled wine, grab a good book and a warm blanket, and enjoy a cozy autumn evening!