mulled wine

➳ We’ve been blessed with some sunshine today, so we packed our things and decided to have a day out in the wild. We brought some mulled wine to heat over the fire 🔥

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 12 - MULLED WINE

sorry in advance for the jitteryness of the giffs. 

Ahem..

Joker has found some leftover cheap wine one of his henchmen left during their last stay at this particular hideaway. He heats it to have something warm when company arrives naturally he makes the most of the situation.

…..I don’t think he’ll come too quietly though or maybe escape stupidly fast afterwards,

Mulled wine

He graciously accepted the glass and wrapped his hands around it, relishing the heat. He blew delicately across the top to cool it down before taking a sip. Balin was right, it was very good. The balance of spices was just right, cinnamon and nutmeg dancing on his taste buds. He took a larger gulp. Delicious. In no time at all they were on their second glass, then a third, then a fourth.

The conversation had long since deviated from the topic of Ori’s schooling in favour of reminiscing of days gone by.

“But of course it ended up all over his face!” Both dwarves laughed raucously at Balin’s anecdote. They giggled like dwarflings as Balin tried to pour the remainder of the wine into their glasses and missed entirely, causing a fair bit to slosh onto the floor. 

I helped out at the village advent market yesterday and managed to get my hands on some mulled wine with rum(4 cups to be exact). Aside from getting a little pissed(drunk) it also caused me to remember one of my favourite Darlin yule ficlets by silentlagoon, Mulled wine. If you haven’t read it and you like Darlin, you should. It’s short and cute.

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins. It is served hot or warm and may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic

It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Yule and Christmas. 

Ingredients

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

How To

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.


Mulled Wine

I recently reblogged a post on winter wine and figured I’d share my personal version of mulled wine, as taught to me by my roommate.

Originally posted by butteryplanet

What you’ll need:

-Two of the cheapest, largest boxed wines you can find (preferably red, but one red and one white works as well). I’m talking higher alcohol content than price here

-Three oranges

-Two apples (I prefer Granny Smith but any kind is fine)

-Two lemons

-5-6 Sticks of cinnamon

-As much star anise as you can stand

-A cup of white sugar (more if you want a sweeter drink)

-Some honey if desired

-Pinch or two of salt

-Cloves

Step One: Cut up all your fruit into quarters, removing seeds as necessary

Step Two: Put it all in a big ass pot

Step Three: Heat, stirring occasionally. Make sure it does not boil and that the sugar/honey dissolves

Step Four: Drink!

A few of my friends like to make caramel to put in it as well or top it with cinnamon or nutmeg. Another friend of mine melts butter into his, so feel free to spice it up however you want! I personally add a lot of honey to mine as I prefer a sweet drink to the drier mulled wine you can make.

You can use a similar recipe to make mulled cider using apple cider instead of wine so if you don’t want to consume alcohol you can still make this!

Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)

A warm winter drink that tastes like Christmas. Recipes vary but the basics are red wine, spices, sweetening and fruit, heated together so flavors can mingle. It’s served hot like tea and warms you up on a cold day. It’s also served outside at the Christmas markets. (There are no restrictions on outdoor drinking of alcoholic beverages in Germany.) Makes 8 servings:

1 bottle of inexpensive, full-bodied, fruity red wine - 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces - 16 whole cloves - 1 Orange -  2 tablespoons honey - 1 heaped teaspoon mixed ground Christmas cake spices, or equivalent amount of ground allspice, nutmeg, and coriander mix - 1 glass of water 

Put water in large pan; place over medium heat. Add cinnamon, honey, and spices. While honey is dissolving cut the orange into quarters lengthwise, then cut them in half so you have 8 pieces. Push 2 of the cloves into the skin of each piece, add to the pan. Pour in the wine. Bring the heat up. It should not boil so when bubbles start rising, turn the heat off. As soon as it is cool enough to taste, test for sweetness. If it’s not sweet enough, add sugar to taste and stir to dissolve. Let the pan stand for 1 hour or longer so the flavors develop. Warm gently before serving and spoon out into a heatproof glass, leaving oranges and cinnamon behind. Optionally garnish with a slice of orange or a stick of cinnamon. Note: The wine has not been heated enough to evaporate all the alcohol, so be aware that this is still an alcoholic drink. Some people like to add brandy for more body, but of course that adds dramatically to the alcohol content. Another way of adding body is to pour in a glass or two of Port. Enjoy!