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Mulled Wine

26 Nov

I grew up in Mumbai’s moderate (often hot) temperatures and extremely humid climate. Despite having lived for 12 years on the East Coast of America, I fancy going into hibernation each winter. I am a prime example of that over-bundled person you spot on 65-70 degree F day. Considering our winters are a lot colder, I am usually missing in action or devising ludicrous plans to stay warm. On my extensive list of tricks to stay warm, the realistic plan of “consuming copious amounts of hot beverages” ranks right below the unfeasible plan of “staying indoors”. During the day I imbibe abundant cups of hot tea and coffee and in the nights I indulge in my love for red wine.

Last winter, I was at a holiday party where the hostess served Mulled Wine and it took just a sip to conclude that it would become my favorite (alcoholic) winter drink. Mulled wine (also known as Glögg or Gløgg) is a traditional winter drink in Europe. It is usually made with red wine along with various winter spices and served hot or warm. “Mulled” in this context implies heated and spiced. Similar to Sangria in the summer, mulled wine with its combination of spices and honey augments the fruit of the vine.

I found Ina Garten’s recipe online and after a few attempts of adding and subtracting ingredients, this derived recipe is my favorite version. This is also a great way to give new life to a day-old opened bottle of wine. This drink guarantees to warm you and your friends up, while adding to the holiday cheer.

Mulled Wine Recipe
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Mulled Wine
Servings:  14
Time: 15 minutes

2 (750-ml) bottles red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
5 cups apple cider (See note)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 large orange, zested and juiced
6-7 whole cloves
3 star anise
5-6 whole allspice berries
2-3 tablespoons of honey
Garnish: Orange peels or cinnamon sticks (optional)


  • Fresh apple cider can be found in the refrigerated juice section of all major grocery stores during apple season (Fall/Winter). If you are making this at another time of a year, use shelf-stable apple juice or shelf-stable apple cider.

1) In a large pot combine the wine, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, orange juice, cloves, star anise, allspice berries and honey (per taste). Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
2) Once it reaches a boil reduce the heat to low and heat for 10 minutes. Taste and add more honey if you want to make it sweeter.
3) Strain and pour into mugs or other hot beverage safe glasses. Add an orange peel or cinnamon stick to each mug to garnish. Serve warm.

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