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If you’re looking for a holiday or Christmas cocktail recipe that has stood the test of time – you’ve found it. Mulled wine has been around for centuries, and for good reason. It’s warm and it’s got all the spices of the season. This holiday cocktail tops off whatever holiday you celebrate!
A bit of history about mulled wine:
Mulled wine is a traditional cocktail that has been around for ages. In fact, some debate if it was the Greeks or the Romans who first mulled wine. History says that the Romans used it to keep their bodies warm when winter set in. History also says that it was in fact, the Greeks. That they were a culture that didn’t waste, and that mulling wine was a way to use it all up. It wasn’t until the middle ages that mulled wine became popular, though. Looking forward to Victorian England, mulled wine became a regular at Christmas tables. Historians believe that when Charles Dickens wrote about mulled wine in “A Christmas Carole” this cocktails fate was to be forever associated with Christmas.. I’d have to agree. After all, who can resist a good holiday mulled wine?
What type of wine to use for holiday mulled wine:
Typically, you use a dry, red wine, and that is what this recipe calls for. Although some may say that the quality of the wine doesn’t matter when warmed, I disagree. If it’s not a wine you would enjoy drinking, why would you drink it warm? Part of the reason people say you don’t need a good red wine is because of the spices and honey you add. You can find more about wine pairings here. My opinion is that they only enhance a good wine. So, what type of wine?
- Red Zinfandel
Holiday Mulled Wine
A wonderful, festive, hot mulled wine for your next holiday gathering!
- 1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Zinfandel or Cabernet is best)
- The juice of 1 orange
- 1 orange cut into slices
- The peel of 1 orange
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for serving)
- 3 star anise (plus more for garnish)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brandy
- Step 1 Place all of the ingredients into your crockpot and cook on low for 3-4 hours before serving.
- Step 2 Garnish with cinnamon sticks, start anise, orange slices and enjoy!
Serving Your Mulled Wine
Get festive! You’re serving this absolutely wonderful mulled wine! Use your cinnamon sticks and star anise to garnish, and make sure to stick in a few of your orange slices. No matter where you live – cold or not, this holiday mulled wine will get you into the holiday spirit!