Mulled Wine | Vin Chaud | Glühwein | Glögg
This is for all you wine lovers like myself!
I know I throw around the word favorite a lot…but guys, mulled wine really is a favorite. I can’t grasp why it isn’t very popular in the U.S. I mean after all it is hot, spiced red wine…what doesn’t sound good about that? The combination of hot liquid and alcohol is sure to keep you warm on a cold night! In most European countries it is enjoyed during the winter months. Each country has a slightly different variation and name for it. Here are the ones I am familiar with…
- Mulled Wine – Great Britain
- Vin Chaud – France
- Glühwein – Germany and Austria
- Glögg – Scandinavian countries
Hot wine usually has a red wine base and is heated with spices that include: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, allspice, vanilla, orange, apples, figs, ginger and raisins. Some variations also include different liquors or fruit juice. It can be found at christmas markets or sold by street vendors. You can also buy pre made versions in stores or make your own. They even sell alcohol free versions for kids!
The first time I experienced hot wine was when I was in Sweden where they call it Glögg. It was found all over grocery stores during the holiday season. We drank it during holiday parties and on christmas…I absolutely loved it! In France and Austria I had it at the christmas markets. However, it was unique in Austria because you were able to keep the mug that it came in. The cup is a great souvenir because it is designed differently every year and varies for different christmas markets. Also, Austria seemed to have many varieties which included chunks of fruit which I particularly liked.
Below are some pictures of my hot wine experiences in Europe!
Champs-Élysées Christmas Market – Paris, France
Since I am not in Europe this year, I am missing my hot wine dearly!! So therefore I need to find it at the store or make it myself. I did find it at Trader Joes:
But of course I prefer to make it. There are hundreds of different recipes and variations for hot wine/mulled wine/Glühwein…whatever you want to call it. I looked at a ton of different recipes and came up with this one! Really you can adapt it to whatever you have in your cupboard. If you don’t have honey, use sugar. If you don’t have fresh spices, use ground…experiment!
- 1 bottle inexpensive red wine (I used Merlot)
- 1/4 C. Honey
- 1/2 C. water
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 2 Oranges
- 2 slices Ginger
- 1 tbsp. Mulled Spices (Allspice, Orange peel, Anise, Cinnamon)
1. Over medium heat combine juice of 1 orange, water, honey, cinnamon sticks and mulled spices. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Here are some interesting articles I found about Hot Wine!