I was unfortunate to catch a cold another day, and somewhere in between sneezing and sweating I reminded myself of mulled wine – probably the best drink to warm you up and clear your sinuses.
Mulled wine, or gluehwein (how it is called in Austria and Germany) or glintvein (how it is called in Russia) is a drink prepared by heating red dry wine with various spices and citruses.
This popular in Europe drink is often sold during cold season around Christmas time on open air markets and fairs – it really helps to warm up.
Glühwein is very easy to prepare, if you prefer – use whole spices instead of ground ones, that will make straining part much easier, however ground spices work just fine. Enjoy responsible!
- Bottle of dry red wine
- 1 orange
- 6 of whole cloves
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of whole anise
- ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- ½ cup of water
- 2-3 table spoons of natural honey or sugar to taste
How to prepare, step-by-step:
- Prepare ingredients: if you use whole spices (like cinnamon stick or whole cloves or whole anise) it will be easier to filter them out at the end, however ground ones will work too, just a bit less “clean”:
- Combine spices in the cooking pot:
- Add ½ cup of water and mix:
- Put cooking pot to the burner on moderate heat and bring spicy water to boil; boil for 2 minutes then set cooking pot aside for 10 minutes, let spices to reveal themselves:
- Add natural honey (or if you prefer, sugar) to the cooking pot and put it back to the burner:
- Add whole bottle of wine:
- Wash oranges and slice them into circles:
- And add them to the cooking pot; keep cooking pot heating until mulled wine is hot but make sure it isn’t boiling; then turn heat off:
- Cover cooking pot with a lid leaving small hole to filter out oranges and use small sieve to stain spices off:
- Pour hot mulled wine to heatproof glasses and enjoy: