Christmas is less than a month away, so we decided what better way to help you than by offering our delicious mulled wine recipe. Mulled wine can be as varied as sangria recipes, therefore it can be difficult to find the perfect recipe; look no further! It is the perfect warm drink for being served throughout December and it certainly adds to the festive spirit. The word “mulled” simply means heated and spiced.

Mulled wine has been withstanding throughout history and during the medieval times it was known by the name ‘hippocras’. A spicy drink intended to help aid digestion and keep people warm during the cold winter months. In this time it was also safer to drink the red wine due to poor sanitation of water.

Fast-forward to 2012, mulled wine is synonymous with Christmas and is often closely associated with German and Nordic traditions. Mulled wine is traditionally served alongside luxurious cheeses and other Christmas foods. Christmas drinks don’t come better than this!

 

Mulled Wine Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe for mulled wine (serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • Peel of 1 lime
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 60g/2oz Demerara sugar
  • Grated nutmeg

 

Cooking instructions

  1. Put the red wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf, peel and the spices.
  2. Heat this mixture until all of the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Taste the mixture; if you want the mulled wine to be sweeter simply add another few tablespoons of sugar.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat after (approximately) 5 minutes.
  5. Strain (optional) into heatproof glasses and serve.
  6. Enjoy your mulled wine!

 

 

What sort of glasses should I serve mulled wine in?

As well as a tasty mulled wine recipe, the serving of your drink is also important. Wineware offer a fantastic range of glassware ideal for serving mulled wine. This includes the Montana Ceylon Tea Cup – Set of 2 which are suitable for holding hot drinks (mulled wine, tea, hot chocolate etc.). The Montana tea cups are stylish and functional, with a solid handle for easy grip. The clear tea cup design allows you to see the vivid and interesting colour of your chosen drink. The deep, rich red colour of mulled wine would look incredible!

If you are after elegant wine glasses to serve your mulled wine, Schott Zwiesel offers the Congresso and Mondial range. These high-quality glasses can be used to serve the warm drink, however they cannot withstand going from extreme temperatures i.e. being used outside in the freezing cold to then having hot liquid poured into them. Holding these glasses by the stem is the easiest way to consume your drink, as the hot liquid soon warms up the bowl of the glass.

Will you be serving mulled wine this Christmas? Wineware are keen to hear your variations of the classic mulled wine recipe, so let us know your spin on it! If you require further advice on glassware to serve your mulled wine, or any other information regarding any of the ranges, please feel free to contact us.