There is probably nothing more enchanting and nostalgic than enjoying a mulled wine, or Glühwein, in the winter time. I have created my own recipe so that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, or near your own fireplace…
Add the following ingredients to a pot, and let it stand for a few hours, or overnight with the lid on, so all the spices can work their fantastic flavors into the juice:
- 200 ml of black current or concord grape juice (go for something organic, where no extra sugar has been added)
- Zest of about a third of an Orange (to taste!) (go with organic, to ensure it has not been treated with chemicals)
- 4 Slices of Orange
- 10 whole Cloves
- Teaspoon of ground cinnamon or two cinnamon sticks
- Teaspoon of ground coriander
- A small dash of nutmeg
- (Bottle of fruity full bodied red wine) (to avoid the wine going sour, I do not add it to the mix above until I am ready to heat everything up!)
After the flavors have incorporated into the juice, strain out the cloves and orange slices and add the liquid to a pot. Add the wine, and simmer it over medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. The longer you simmer, the more alcohol will evaporate, which may be the preferred option for some! Do not let the mixture boil!
I love to enjoy these with some Spekulatius cookies, which are traditional spiced Christmas-time cookie popular in the north of Germany and throughout parts of France (Spéculoos in French) & Belgium (Speculaas in Dutch). Traditionally these cookies are baked with special wooden forms, but I will have a recipe coming your way soon for an alternative that you can easily make at home. The spices in these cookies compliment the mulled wine, or Glühwein as I prefer to refer to it as!
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