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Mulled Wine Recipe | The Wine Virgin
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Mulled Wine Recipe

March 17, 2008

Whats a good mulled wine recipe? I saw your post you had done a while back about making wine at home and you got me thinking and by the way is mulled wine the same as glogg?Thank you much!!! - Kass in Richmond, VA

Absolutely, here is a perfect mulled wine recipe that will put a smile on your face and give you something interesting for your tongue to enjoy. For this mulled wine recipe you will need a lot of sugar. The reason being is that it helps to soften the tang of flavor wine gets when it’s heated. White sugar, brown sugar, any sugar is good sugar along with honey for a sweetener. Use about a cup or so per 750ml bottle of wine and move up or down depending on taste.

To make mulled wine, you have your choice of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon which are the most common ingredients but you can also use ginger, allspice, peppercorns, vanilla beans, star anise, cardamom and juniper. Begin with an 8th of a teaspoon of each spice you will be using per bottle and again per your taste use more or less. If you have access to whole or fresh spices it will taste even better.

Don’t use a terribly fine wine for this endeavor but a good Zinfandel or Shiraz will do because these are fruity and will make a great base to start with. Heat the wine slowly… slowly here, don’t get to excited to taste something new and interesting and be careful to keep it from boiling. If it does boil it won’t be as flavorful. Pay careful attention to it and just barely let it simmer for about 20 minutes so the the spices can become incorporated into the wine. Let it cool and when you’re ready, strain and serve.

The history of this strange brew goes back to medieval times and this concoction was known by the names of Ypocras or Hipocris, which was derived from the physician Hippocrates. Since this wine was heated, it was a bit more sanitary than normal drinking water at that time and through the long winters it was assumed that this contributed to a persons overall health.

As for glogg it’s basically just mulled wine however, these crazy Swedes like to put raisins and almonds in it and glogg has even a lot more sugar along with a higher alcohol content. Interesting huh? Hey, you have to keep toasty up there in the winter… and the more alcohol the better.

As you will discover when you make mulled wine, these are very broad guidelines to follow. Feel free to experiment, sometimes that’s the best thing to do. You now not only have a recipe for homemade wine but also have a recipe for mulled wine that can turn an ordinary bottle into something that is definitely easy to drink. Maybe even too easy, so don’t get hammered, but then again you might see some leprechauns. Happy St. Patty’ Day!

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