Homemade Mulled Wine and Cider
Mulled wine has been a popular winter drink in Europe for many centuries. Mulled wine is usually some variety of red wine that is infused with spices and served warm. Over the years, people began adding other types of alcohol, like rum or vodka, to their drinks to give it a little extra kick.
If wine is not your drink of choice, there are many variations on mulled drinks. One of the most popular for this time of year is mulled cider. Similar to the wine, it is a hot drink seasoned with spices like cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg.
Although most of us, sadly, will not be spending our holiday abroad in Europe, that does not mean that we can’t embrace their culture and traditions. By making mulled wine and cider at home, we can still have a taste of what it would be like to spend the holiday surrounded by a snowy European country.
Mulled wine is pretty simple to make, even for the most amateur chef. It is also a fast drink to make, taking only about 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook. The ingredients you will need, as per the instructions of the Food Network, are as follows:
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle red wine
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
In order to make this recipe, first combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan. Then, bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. It is important to keep the heat very low so as not to alter the taste of the spices. Finally, pour the drink into mugs, add an orange peel to each one for garnish, serve, and enjoy!
Making mulled cider is just as easy and takes a comparable amount of time. For this drink, you will need:
2 quarts apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloved
1 orange, thinly sliced
Once you have your ingredients gathered and prepped, place them all in a large saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Again, this should be done on very low heat for the best results. After 5-10 minutes, divide the drink into individual mugs and serve. This recipe should make about 8 servings.
There are a variety of different recipes for slightly different variations on these drinks. If you do not like a few of these spices, try changing them for ones of your own preference. And, for some extra kick, try adding your favorite type of alcohol. If you try a recipe, be sure to comment below and let us know the results!
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