Glogg, gluehwein, vin chaud — call it what you want. But there’s only one thing we want to be warming our hands and coating our throats with this weekend, and it’s mulled wine. With the temps drastically cooling and the parties consistently raging, there’s no better way to warm a group of guests than with a mug of vin chaud. Mulled wine is a warm European beverage made with red wine and spices, with exact variations and recipes that differ slightly from country to country. But behold, we’ve concocted our own creation, taking little bits and pieces from various recipes and crafting our own perfect version of mulled wine.
What You’ll Need
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 orange peeled/sliced
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 piece of ginger (approx.) chopped thinly sliced OR 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
Use a vegetable peeler to peel skin from the orange into strips. Squeeze the juice of the orange into a large pot. Thinly slice the ginger into tiny pieces. Pour the bottle of red into the pot with the orange juice, then add the sliced ginger, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, and brown sugar to the pot. Stir until the sugar is dissolved into the wine mixture. Place a lid over the pot and heat on medium-low until hot, though not boiling, occasionally stirring to incorporate the ingredients together. Serve in festive mugs, adding a shot of brandy to each individual serving. Best enjoyed on the couch in cozy sweatpants.
Add additional brown sugar (or honey, if preferred) at the end to make the mulled wine sweeter. You can also replace fresh ginger with a few dashes of ground ginger.
P.S. And if you happen to be in New York, come grab a glass at VinePair this weekend from 2-5 PM!