NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY

March 3rd is National Mulled Wine Day! Yay wine! Mulled wine dates back as far as the 2nd century Rome, Italy, where it was first recorded that wine was heated and spiced. This drink is more popular in the United Kingdom than the United States and is usually consumed around Halloween and Christmas time. So, we’ll just call it, Christmas in March! I personally believe that mulled wine is fine for any occasion as long as it is still brisk outside.  So here are some recipes to enjoy this year!

The Forme of Cury, a collection of medieval English recipes from the 14th century includes a vague introduction of a mulled wine: Grind together cinnamon, ginger, galangal, cloves, long pepper, nutmeg, marjoram, cardamom and grains of paradise. This is mixed with red wine and sugar.

Here are two recipes for you to try, one for the stovetop, and one to make in a slow-cooker:


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Ingredients:

  • 4 C. Apple Cider
  • 1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ¼ C. Honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

Directions:

In a large saucepan combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves, and star anise. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat for ten minutes. Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peels.

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine


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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine (Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 C. Apple Cider
  • ¼ C. Honey
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • ¼ C. brandy
  • Garnish– orange slices and cinnamon sticks

Directions:

In a large slow cooker, stir to combine the wine, orange zest, honey, cider, and orange juice. Then add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and star anise to the mixture. Cook on low until warm and then stir in brandy.

Serve in mugs/glass mugs with an orange slice and cinnamon stick for garnish.

Happy National Mulled Wine Day! The weathermen are calling for snow making this a perfect drink this year!

Cheers,

Danyelle