Winter is officially upon us and it is the perfect time to break out the warm fluffy socks and whip yourself up a batch of warm and toasty Mulled Wine.
Picture yourself here… Its a dark winter night, you’re wearing your fluffiest socks and have just finished lighting the candles (or even better, the fireplace) and your home is filled with the aroma of orange, cinnamon, honey and rich red wine. You pour yourself a mug of warm and steamy mulled wine, sit down in your favourite comfy spot, pop your feet up and take in a deep whiff of the sweet spicy magic drink in your mug…and smile. That's the Mulled Wine effect.
So what is Mulled Wine? Very simply, Mulled Wine (also known as Glühwein) is a classic winter warmer made from red wine, citrus fruits and spices, served warm.
While Mulled Wine dates back to the second century, variations across the globe have evolved over the centuries and most countries and regions have developed their own recipes. Some use honey, others add cherries.. finding the perfect balance between sweet and spicy is what creates the magic of Mulled Wine.
The key to great Mulled Wine (if you haven’t guessed it) is the Red Wine you use. You’re looking for a rich and fruity wine that is sturdy enough to handle the heat and can balance the spices.
With aromas of cherry + blackcurrant and it’s soft rounded finish, Diva Coloratura Merlot is the perfect drop for your next batch of Mulled Wine.
The classic recipe is simple and quick to make, here is our favourite mix:
2 small oranges or 1 large
1 bottle of Diva Coloratura Merlot
¼ cup brandy
1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
2 whole cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
4 whole cloves
Mix all ingredients (except honey) in a heavy bottomed pot and heat slowly.
Add your honey to taste - finding that perfect balance of sweetness
After 10-15 minutes, your home will smell incredible and your Mulled Wine is ready to enjoy with your favourite people.
Buy your Diva Coloratura Merlot HERE