When we think of wine, mulled wine doesn’t really come to mind for Aussies. However, with the local wine culture almost with its own religion, we are seeing more venues serving this beautiful flavour-infused warm beverage. Associated with the wintery months, mulled wine is a beverage perfect for socialising during these colder months.
So what is mulled wine?
Essentially, mulled wine is wine served warm with an infusion of various spices and flavours. Recipes differ to personal preferences, but nothing beats a serving with roughly cut orange rime and a kick of chili to quickly warm the senses.
What kind of wine should you use?
The best thing about mulled wine is the fact you don’t need to use your best wine, instead, use an everyday sort which has a prominent fruitiness, try a merlot. Avoid wines which have a strong tannin presence or too much of an oaky aroma, as both become unpleasant influences on heating.
Essential spices for perfect mulled wine!
When it comes to spices, create your own mix. This way, not only can you add the traditional cinnamon, cloves, vanilla bean, peppercorn, but you can also experiment with your own ideas. For example, adding a little ginger brings a whole new dimension to the flavour.
Making your own mulled wine is too simple not to try.
Now that you know what to consider when choosing a wine, and the ingredients used to create this hearty flavour-infused beverage. Here’s a recipe which can be adjusted to your taste buds:
- 750 ml red wine.
- (½ cup) caster sugar.
- 2 thin orange slices.
- 1 small red chilli, halved lengthways.
- 1 cinnamon quill.
- ½ fresh bay leaf.
- ½ vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped.
- ½ tsp black peppercorns.
- ¼ tsp cloves.
- 30 ml brandy.
Combine all ingredients (except brandy) in a saucepan. Bring to just below the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Do not boil or the alcohol will cook off. Remove from heat immediately, add brandy and serve hot.