As the temperatures drop and the winter months settle in, there’s nothing quite like a warm cup of mulled wine to help you cozy up and embrace the season. But if you’ve never made it before, it can be hard to know where to start.
First up, choosing the right wine! When making mulled wine, it’s important to choose the right type of wine. A dry, full-bodied red wine is usually the best option, as it can stand up to the strong spices and flavors used in the recipe. Some good options include Zinfandel, Primitivo, or Tempranillo. However, you can also use a Sauvignon Blanc or a Rosé if you prefer a lighter and fruitier flavor.
1 bottle of Belledor Zinfandel
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 orange, zested and juiced
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the wine, sugar, orange zest and juice, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to simmer, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Mulled wine is best served warm, but not too hot. The ideal temperature is around 140-150°F (60-65°C), which is warm enough to enjoy without scorching your tongue. If you’re serving mulled wine at a party or gathering, consider using a slow cooker or warming tray to keep it at the perfect temperature throughout the night.
- Once your mulled wine is ready, it’s time to serve it up. You can serve it in mugs, glasses, or even in a punch bowl if you’re serving a larger group.
- To add an extra pop of flavor and visual appeal, consider adding some creative garnishes, such as a cinnamon stick, a slice of orange or lemon, or even a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Looking for some fun food pairings ideas? Mulled wine is a great pairing with a variety of cheeses. Try pairing it with a soft and creamy brie, a sharp cheddar, or a tangy goat cheese. Add some crackers, fresh fruit, and nuts for a complete cheese board that’s perfect for enjoying alongside your mulled wine.
If you have a sweet tooth, pairing your mulled wine with baked goods is a great option. Try pairing it with a classic gingerbread, spiced cake, or even a fruitcake. The warm and spicy flavors of the mulled wine complement the sweetness of the baked goods perfectly, creating a delicious and comforting winter treat. Mulled wine pairs well with hearty stews and soups, making it a perfect drink to enjoy after a winter hike or snowshoe adventure. Try pairing it with a classic beef stew, a vegetable soup, or a lentil soup.
In addition to cheese boards, sweet baked goods, and hearty stews and soups, there are many other foods that pair well with mulled wine. Some other ideas to try include:
- Dark chocolate
- Roasted nuts
- Charcuterie boards
- Caramelized onions & mushrooms
- Roasted root vegetables
- Spicy popcorn
No matter what foods you choose to pair with your mulled wine, be sure to serve it warm and enjoy it in a cozy and comfortable setting. Whether you’re snuggled up by the fire or out exploring the winter wilderness, mulled wine is a classic and comforting winter beverage that’s perfect for any occasion.