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Indulge this Season with Mulled Wine

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We’re smack in the middle of the holidays when it’s acceptable to indulge in all the treats and spirits of the season. Drinks like eggnog and mulled wine spill over at neighborhood get-togethers, during holiday parties, and on random Tuesdays. Because, why not. 'Tis the season. 

What is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine is one of our favorites over the holidays. It's the term for red wine infused with spices and served warm. Some folks like to add vodka, others brandy. Mulled wine is actually an example of how cheap wine can really shine with the help of friends like cinnamon, cloves, and orange skins.
 
This toasty winter classic has been around for centuries. The Romans heated their extra wine to keep it from being wasted. In the Middle Ages, spices were believed to make you healthier. Even Victorian England embraced this dandy beverage - Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol mentions mulled wine, called “Smoking Bishop.” 

Why is it Awesome? 

It’s one of those rare opportunities when wine can be served warm. And a warm beverage during the cool winter months is the perfect combination. We’d also be remiss not to mention its delightful aroma. Mulled wine is like Christmas incense you can drink. Get your mulled wine started before the party for a festive fragrance. 

How Do You Make it? 

It really just takes three simple steps to make mulled wine. Pour a bottle of red wine – try a pinot noir – over low heat and add some spices and sweeteners of your choosing. Think cloves, cinnamon, and honey or sugar. Gently simmer your mix (careful not to overheat!) for an hour or so and then just strain the spices for a delectable finished product.  

Spice Your Wine

You've got the basics now. Of course, there are a million variations out there to try and perfect. Here’s a list of spices and flavors to get your creativity flowing: 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg 
  • Star Anise
  • Vanilla 
  • Oranges
  • Honey 
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Ginger
  • Raisins 

Enjoy your mulled wine, savor the season, and remember to come see us at the Tap. Sipping while you shop is the best way to check all those gifts off your list. 

Category: Wine