Sounds unappetizing huh? Well, it’s actually an awesome way to save leftover wine or that cheap bottle of wine someone brought over (not mentioning names!) Mulled simply means "heated with spices."
How did I get into mulling wine you ask? (This also works with cider. I’ll post a recipe in the Fall) I graduated college and good wine wasn’t an option. We’d buy the magnums and dare I say boxed wine and never finish them; so, rather than throw the wine out, I’d throw in my own mix of spices and have a great batch of this stuff. I can guarantee two things; most of you didn’t know what mulling was and I was probably the only 23 year old guy throwing spices into wine.
Again, what a great way to save! When you grow up in a Colombian family, you know not to waste what can easily be made into something else. Hope you enjoy it!
Mulled Wine Recipe
1 bottle of wine
1/2 of cup of sugar
2 tbs. of mulling spices
Pour all ingredients into a medium pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour over a strainer into a bowl and let cool. Chill & serve it over ice
- For ½ of bottle of wine, use ¼ cup of sugar & 1 tbs of spices.
- Be creative and make your own! Here's one: Cloves, cinnamon, grapefruit rind, & nutmeg.
- You can even use brown sugar!
- Use a tea infuser (see picture below) or cheese cloth for the spices. Less clean up.
A little history lesson
Back in the day, mulling wine was a way to save spoiled wine. Here in the United States we use spices such as cloves, allspice, & cinnamon. Well, check this out: In Romania, they use peppercorns & in Scandanavia they use almonds and raisins.