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Vin brulé (Mulled wine)

The sweet drink that warms up Christmas

by Ada Parisi
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Vin brulé (Mulled wine)

How To Say No To A Cup Of mulled wine or mulled wine at Christmas? Stroll through the Christmas markets of Trento or Bolzano while sipping this Spicy drink, sweet and aromatic And enjoying a slice of apple strudel is one of life's pleasures. And it's also perfect with a simple slice of panettone, Also in the variant Panettone pudding with pears and chocolate. The mulled wine recipe it's very simple, but on my YouTube channel you will also find the video step by step recipe.

it is red wine flavored with spices and citrus fruits, softened and heated. It warms your heart and body and is perfect for a sweet end to your meals. Christmas menus. Or to open the dances with aperitifs based on puff pastry, cheese or dried fruit. Is’ loved throughout Europe and especially in Central Europe, where it is called Mulled Wine, Glühwein, glögg, Bisschopswijn or vin chaud. And here How to make homemade mulled wine: It's very simple to do.

How to flavor mulled wine: variants

Many variations, I leave the original mulled wine recipe from Northern Italy, but I also give you some ideas in case you want to flavor it differently. First of all Which wine to use? It must obviously be a red wine and well structured: a Teroldego Rotaliano, a Barbera, a Nero d'Avola, a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or a Primitivo di Manduria if you love powerful wines but with a certain sweetness. They can never be missing cloves, cinnamon and star anise, but also juniper berries. Green light to sugar, brown sugar, Muscovado sugar but also honey. Then lemon zest and orange slices, also candied for a more syrupy taste. And there are those who add apple pieces. If you love spicy tastes, Green light also to ginger and nutmeg or to the fragrant cardamom. In short, mulled wine has the taste of winter and Christmas, you can be sure.

To make the most of the aromas of spices and fruit, I suggest you leave everything to infuse in wine for 30 minutes before heating the mulled wine. I recommend, Wine should not boil but simmer as soon as, just a ripple: 15 minutes on very low heat and your Invigorating drink is ready! I love her very much, as indeed I love very much the sangria: I love red wine.

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Vin brulé (Mulled wine)


Portions: 6 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )


1 liter of red wine of body (Teroldego Rotaliano, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Barbera, Nero d'Avola - D'Avola, Primitivo di Manduria etc)

100 grams of sugar or cane

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise berries

2 juniper berries

4 cloves

organic lemon peel

an orange



Slice the orange into thin slices: you will need 4 to prepare mulled wine, the others we will use as decoration. When you peel the lemon to get the zest, Remember not to use the white part (The albedo), because it would release bitter notes.

Put the granulated sugar in a pan, the star anise, cinnamon sticks, juniper berries, The cloves, lemon zest and orange slices. Pour the wine, cover and leave to infuse for 30-60 minutes.

After this time, Heat the wine over very low heat and let it simmer for just 15 minutes, as you see in video recipe. Mulled wine should definitely not be brought to a boil, but cooked over a very sweet heat. You can taste it freshly made, hot and fragrant.

Or you can store mulled wine in the fridge for 2 days: in this case you have to remove the spices, otherwise they would give too much flavor to the wine, and heat it before serving. When ready to serve, you can garnish the glasses with a few slices of fresh orange. Bon appétit!

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