Cold winter night + hot spiced wine has been an inseparable combination for me as of late, since I discovered mulled wine (or, Gluhwein, as it is called in German) several years ago. Mulled wine is a traditional winter drink popular in Europe around the holidays. It is also a very popular cocktail at Hanukkah parties. It’s surprisingly easy to prepare mulled wine at home, all you have to do is to heat red wine and spice it up with Cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange or lemon peel, sugar and other spices. Comforting hot drink for a cold winter night is ready!
Prep time: 60 min
- 2/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 12 whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- peel of 1 lemon
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1/3 cup water
- juice squeezed from half lemon
1) Place sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg and lemon peel in a large sauce pan. Pour 1/3 cup wine over it (just to cover it) plus 1/3 cup water. Squeeze juice of half a lemon on top. Bring to boil, mix all ingredients well, making sure all sugar dissolves.
2) Simmer on low boil, covered, for 15 minutes (to infuse all flavors together), until the liquid reduces in about half and the syrup forms. The boiling syrup will have a lot of small bubbles and will be visibly reduced. At that point, pour the rest of the bottle of wine, bring the whole mixture almost to boil, mixing well. Just as the mixture is about to boil, turn off heat and let it sit covered for about 1 hour to further infuse flavors.
3) After 1 hour, sift the liquid to get rid of cloves, lemon peel, etc. Gently warm up without boiling and serve.