I love Christmas markets. No matter how cold it is outside, for me the market is a must. And it usually is freezing (unless you live in Australia) so what better way to heat up your body than drinking a cup (or two) of mulled wine?
This typical winter drink – enjoyed mostly around Christmas is made of wine to which mulling spices, sugar, citrus fruit and raisins are added. Every country has its own way of preparing this tasty beverage and so its taste may vary slightly and also its name (mulled wine, glögg, glögi, glühwein, vin chaud, vin fiert, …) but no matter what it’s called and where it’s made it’s still the number one Christmas drink. Well, at least for me.
So a few days ago we decided it was the right time to make one at home. We enjoyed every bit of it –making it, drinking it (obviously) and “fishing” for the raisins and almonds from the bottom of our mugs. The aroma of spices had spread throughout the house and lasted for hours.
The mulled wine has also brought back some memories from last year when we visited Christmas market in Tallinn. It was absolutely amazing experience and we were so lucky with the weather as well. It was cold. OK, it was freezing but it was SNOWING when we arrived. Big thick snowflakes were falling down from the skies and in the evening when the lights went on you thought you were in a fairy tale.
So there we were wandering around, tasting local foods and drinking mulled wine (glögi in Estonian).
I am adding some extra pictures from the market as it seems like a shame not to share them.
This year we are planning on visiting the markets in Prague and/or Vienna so there is going to be a lot of mulled wine tasting! Because you have to keep warm, right?
If you are thinking of making this warm beverage any time soon then this is the recipe for you! It’s simply delicious. You can omit the extra bit of alcohol (rum, brandy) if you prefer it that way. However, raisins and almonds go hand in hand with this drink so I suggest you keep them in your drink rather than omitting them. Believe me I know what I am saying as I am not a big fan of raisins. This was our second attempt (trying to get the right balance of flavors) and I think it’s the real deal!
So let’s get started!
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Pour the wine into a saucepan, add cloves, cardamom seeds, 2-3 slices of ginger, cinnamon sticks and sugar. Throw in about a teaspoon of orange zest, 2-3 orange slices as well as lemon slices. Pour in freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice. For a lighter version add 100ml of water.
Bring to the boil, let the sugar dissolve and reduce the heat to the lowest point.
Let it simmer slowly for 15 minutes so the spices have time to infuse the wine (make sure it’s not boiling otherwise you could end up with a non-alcoholic version).
Right before the end pour in rum (optional).
Meanwhile: Roughly chop some almonds and throw them altogether with some raisins into mugs or heatproof glasses and pour over strained wine.
Garnish with an orange slice and serve hot/warm. Don’t forget the spoons so you can fish out the almonds and raisins!
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