Mulled wine might be one of the most ancient ways of enjoying wine. The perfect winter drink, steamy and spicy mulled wine keeps you warm and comfy, but you can enjoy this delicious drink all year long. Even better, you can make it at home!
Before we discuss mulled wine, let us invite you to a Yarra Valley Premium Winery Tour. This is one of the most popular cruise ship excursions and a must-do excursion in Melbourne for visitors and locals alike. Yarra Valley Private winery tours are a lovely way of learning more about wine!
Learn All About International Mulled Wine Day
No one knows who created International Mulled Wine Day, although it was first celebrated in the US and the UK. Now, people worldwide take part in such delicious holidays. Despite being as old as time, going back for at least two thousand years, mulled wine is a timeless classic, but International Mulled Wine Day is relatively recent, as it has only been celebrated for a few years.
Interestingly, we celebrate Mulled Wine Day on March 3, despite mulled wine being a typical Christmas drink. Of course, that’s no problem at all. In fact, we should have this type of holiday more often!
What Goes Into Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine is wine (usually red) that is heated in a pot, sweetened and flavored with brown spices, citrus and other goodies. The wine’s flavors changes with heat and the add-ons enhance it. This is why using fine wine to make mulled wine is not advisable — most of its ‘fine’ flavors and aromas get muted when cooked.
Other than that, there’s no one recipe for mulled wine but many. Everyone seems to have one. Also known as spiced wine, mulled wine might contain almonds, fruit, citrus peels and many aromatics, including cardamom, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Most recipes for mulled wine also call for a dash of a hard spirit, whether rum, vodka or brandy, and sugar is also critical to balance everything out!
How to Celebrate International Mulled Wine Day
This March 3, celebrate International Mulled Wine Day with your significant other with our selection of Yarra Valley Wine Tours for 2. Yarra Valley private winery tours are a great way to discover new and exciting wines. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll find the perfect ingredient for your mulled wine.
Mulled Wine Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1 large orange
- 1/4 cup of Brandy
- 4 tbsp refined sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2–3-star anise
- 4-6 cloves
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Slice the orange into large wedges and set aside.
- Pour the wine into a pot and heat over a medium flame.
- Add the orange and spices. Stir often and bring to a boil.
- Dissolve the sugar while stirring.
- Remove from heat, strain the mulled wine and stir in the brandy and the dried fruit.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness and alcoholic strength to taste and serve!
- Use a fruity wine, like Merlot, and avoid overly tannic or weak wines.
- Add your favorite fruits and spices. Everything goes!