Mulled wine. Aka “kuhano vino” in Slovenia, “gluhwein” in Austria, “varené víno” in Slovakia, and “forralt bor” in Hungary.
This hot drink is very popular around Europe during Christmas time. I don’t know why it isn’t more popular in the US, because believe me guys–it’s amazing stuff.
We heard about “Kuhano Vino” over and over again during our studies last year, but never really understood what it meant. Quite literally, it means “cooked (or boiled) wine”. A couple weeks ago, the hubby and I went on a little date, and just walked around the city. It was cold. We got some kuhano vino and later ate some roasted chestnuts. Both were firsts for us.
Kuhano vino is a lot like hot apple cider. But better. And it’s the perfect drink to warm you up when it’s cold. Apparently I’ve been away from Colorado too long, and living in Monterey where it’s mild all year didn’t help. Now I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold! So I’m sure I’ll be drinking lots of this stuff around the Christmas markets this season.
It really couldn’t be easier to make. One of the locals here told me how. It’s basically just a blend of spices, like cinnamon, anise, and cloves, along with some orange/lemon slices, some sugar (I substituted honey), and of course wine. All you do is add everything to a pot a let it slowly warm up and simmer. Depending on if you want the alcohol or not, you can bring it to a boil. If you boil it, it will reduce the alcohol content. Also, I was told you can light a match to the top of it to burn off the alcohol. Personally, I prefer to keep the alcohol.
This can also be made in a crockpot for entertaining. Keep it on low and then just ladle it into cups as guests arrive. I know mulled wine will be a staple at any Christmas get-togethers I plan from now on.
Like I mentioned last week in the homemade hot chocolate recipe, I’m starting a new project where I’m uploading videos of recipes and cooking tips in American Sign Language (ASL). I’m super excited about this and about combining two of my passions. If you have any Deaf or Hard of Hearing friends or relatives, please pass this along. Thanks!
And here’s the mulled wine recipe in ASL:
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
- 1 bottle red wine
- 2 clementines (sliced)
- ½ lemon (sliced)
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise
- 1 tablespoon honey (or more to taste, depending on how dry/sweet your wine was and how sweet you like it)
- ½ cup brandy or rum (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan (or for bigger quantities--a crockpot).
- Simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes.
- If you want less alcohol content, bring it to a boil. If not, then keep it at a low simmer.
- Ladle into mugs and enjoy!
- Optional--add brandy or rum at the end to make an even boozier version.