Mulled Wines

Mulled wines are warm liquid deliciousness that creates a very pleasant smell and is guaranteed to knock out any chill you may be feeling. On our Christmas Market Cruise in Central Europe, mulled wines were a prominent feature in every market.

Holiday collectors’ cups can be used with a refundable deposit, or you can enjoy them in a disposable cup. If you are going to the Christmas markets, we recommend taking a small roll of packing tape and bubble wrap in an extra suitcase. Many of these lovely cups are left on ships or in hotels when visitors realized that they were not prepared to pack them for the trip home.

Here are several popular mulled wines that can be enjoyed over the holidays. Simply, start with a good (but not fantastic) bottle of red wine– and a crockpot or heavy-bottomed pan. Toss in a combination of spices, and set off on a vinous fall adventure.

Mulled Wine Recipes

THE CLASSIC FRENCH VIN CHAUD
• 2 Cinnamon sticks
• 20 whole cloves
• 1 Sliced orange
• 1/2 cup Cognac

GERMAN GLÜHWEIN
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1-star anise
• 1/2 lemon, sliced
• 3 cloves
• 3 cardamom pods

SPANISH VINO CALIENTE:
• 1 clementine with peel, sliced
• 4 strips of lemon peel
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 vanilla bean, halved
• 1/4 cup Brandy de Jerez
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

MEDIEVAL HIPPOCRAS:
• 2 cinnamon sticks, crushed
• 24 cloves
• 3 cups water
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1 long pepper (available at spice stores)

CLEOPATRA’S ELIXIR OF LIFE:
• 4 large sage sprigs
• 3 large mint sprigs
• 3 figs, chopped
• 10 cloves

NORDIC GLØGG:
• 1 750 ml bottle red Port
• 1/2 750 ml bottle brandy
• 25 whole cloves
• 10 cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1 cup slivered almonds
• 1 tsp. cardamom seeds
• 2 cups sugar
• zest of 1 orange

1 thought on “Mulled Wines”

  1. Feuerzangenbowle is a great mulled wine that I had in Innsbruck, Austria that a large sugar crystal was set on fire on a grate above a large vat (so that the melting sugar drips into the vat of the mulled wine). Thanks for sharing the recipes to make gløgg, glühwein, etc. at home!

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