Already in ancient times there was something similar to mulled wine. At that time, wine was mixed with honey and various spices, such as pepper, saffron and roasted date seeds. Today, mulled wine is traditionally made from white or red wine, refined with spices such as orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. While red mulled wine is considered a classic, white mulled wine is gaining popularity among us.
If you don't feel like drinking your mulled wine in the cold at the Christmas market, but would much rather enjoy it at home and try out new, exciting variations, then you should make it yourself quite easily this year.
1. the basics - the right wine
Before you decide on the individual ingredients of the mulled wine, you should first find the right wine. Industrially produced mulled wine usually contains a lot of fusel oils and a lot of refined industrial sugar to cover them up. The fusel oils cause the famous hangover the morning after and are a sign of poor wine quality. Therefore, the basis of your own mulled wine should first be a good, high-quality wine.
After that, it's time to decide what kind of mulled wine you want to make. There are both white and red mulled wines. They differ mainly in the spices they contain. Red mulled wine tastes rather strong, wintry and round, while white mulled wine has a rather lighter, less intrusive and more delicate taste. In addition, white wine is generally perceived as lighter and fresher - red wine, on the other hand, tends to be heavier and stronger.
2. let's go - heating the wine
If you have decided on a wine, you can start with the production. Put one or two bottles of wine in a large pot and heat it over medium heat. Caution: The wine should not boil! Because then the alcohol contained in it gradually evaporates and the wine loses flavor.
3. the details - choice of spices
Now it's time to refine your mulled wine. Here your creativity is called for. However, not all spices go equally well with red and white mulled wine.
Spice tips for white mulled wine
The somewhat finer white mulled wine convinces above all by its rather restrained, almost light taste. It is especially delicious and fruity when mixed with about 250-500 ml of apple juice. Spices such as organic lemon peel, ginger or cardamom go well with it. The white mulled wine becomes especially exciting with our Maca powder. Maca is considered a superfood with healing properties and tastes intense, slightly spicy, exotic and thus gives the drink an unusual note. For a little more sweetness, you can also stir in some coconut blossom sugar as desired. Suitable wine varieties are, for example, Riesling or Chardonnay.
Spice tips for red mulled wine
The red mulled wine lives from its full-bodied aroma and the intense, wintry spices. It becomes particularly aromatic with a little cranberry or pomegranate juice. The slight acidity harmonizes perfectly with sweet spices such as Ceylon cinnamon or vanilla. Even a bit of our rosehip powder gives it a fruity-sweet flavor. If you prefer something more classic, you can simply add orange peel, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also sweeten the wine with a little coconut blossom sugar. Varieties such as Merlot or Trollinger are suitable.
4. final spurt - mix, let steep, ready!
You can put whole cinnamon sticks or vanilla beans into the liquid, which have to be removed before consumption. This gives the wine an even more intense spicy flavor.
The spices are stirred into the heated wine and should ideally be left to infuse for about 30 minutes. It is best to cover the pot during the infusion process.
Afterwards, you can use a ladle to pour the wine into a large cup and enjoy it hot. Christmas market feeling guaranteed!
The KoRo team wishes you a Merry Christmas.