Any home cook can make delicious mulled wine in as few as three simple steps. Here’s how to do it.
Mulled wine, red wine simmered in spices and served warm or hot, is all but synonymous with the holidays. Mulled wine captures the taste of winter and provides a delicious means by which you can keep warm.
Wine is rarely served warm, and mulling it allows even the most frugal of wines to be able to shine during the holidays.
Step 1: Heat wine and add spices
Grab a bottle of red wine—we recommend L’uva Bella Pinot Noir—and add half the bottle to a pot over low heat. As the wine begins to heat, add one or two cloves, a cinnamon stick, a star anise, a piece of orange skin, and two tablespoons of sugar or honey, depending on taste.
Step 2: Allow the mixture to simmer
Leave the wine mixture to gently simmer on low heat for at least an hour, As you allow the wine to simmer, always stir it to avoid caramelizing the sugar.
Step 3: Drain the drink
Before you serve this beverage, you should strain it of the spices. Once it is strained, you can pour mulled wine into teacups or insulated mugs to serve hot or warm.