Skip the mulled wine and try something fruitier with our delicious mulled wine recipe. This soothing drink will warm you on cool evenings. We take our warm spice blend to the next level by adding additional apple brandy, giving it a unique and delicious touch. The combination of aromatic spices and the sweetness of apple brandy creates a truly satisfying drink. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just want to have a cozy evening, our mulled wine is the perfect choice.
- 1½ l dry apple cider
- 7 tbsp Calvados
- 400 ml apple juice
- 75g dark brown sugar
- Peel of an orange, cut into strips
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks, halved
- 1 tbsp allspice berries
- Place cider, Calvados, apple juice and sugar in a large pot.
- Gently heat the mixture until stirring.
- Add the orange peel and spices to the pot.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Pour the mulled wine into glass mugs.
- Serve the delicious mulled wine to enjoy!
Equipment and tools
The following equipment and tools are required to prepare mulled wine:
- Big pot
- Mixing spoon
- measuring cup
- Zester or peeler
- Cheesecloth or muslin cloth (for straining)
This mulled wine recipe may contain allergens. Please take necessary precautions and consider the following potential allergens:
- Calvados: May contain sulfites.
Storage and leftovers
After making the mulled wine, you can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to transfer the cider to an airtight container before refrigerating. When reheating, gently warm the cider on the stove without boiling. Discard leftover apple cider after 3 days.
The health benefits of mulled wine
Mulled wine is a delicious and warming drink that is often associated with the Christmas season. Not only is it a delicious treat, but it also offers several health benefits due to its natural ingredients. Let’s explore the different ways mulled wine can contribute to your overall well-being:
1. Rich in antioxidants
The combination of dry apple cider, apple juice and orange peel in mulled wine provides a significant dose of antioxidants. These compounds help protect your body from free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to various diseases.
2. Strengthens the immune system
The presence of allspice berries, cloves and cinnamon in mulled wine provides more than just taste. These spices are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They can help boost your immune system, promote overall health, and reduce your risk of common illnesses.
3. Supports digestive health
Cinnamon, cloves, and allspice all contain natural compounds proven to aid digestion. Consuming mulled wine can help relieve stomach discomfort, relieve bloating, and improve overall digestive function.
4. Heart-healthy properties
Studies have shown that moderate apple cider consumption can have positive effects on heart health. Apples used in apple cider contain a type of antioxidant called flavonoids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease when consumed regularly.
The wonderful aroma of the mulled wine and the warm spices have a soothing and mood-enhancing effect. The scent of clove, cinnamon and orange can lift your mood and create a cozy atmosphere that promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
In summary, mulled wine is not only a delicious and festive drink, but it also offers several health benefits. By incorporating the natural ingredients of mulled wine, you can enjoy a drink that supports your immune system, digestion, and heart health. So, treat yourself to a warm cup of mulled wine this holiday season and reap the nourishing benefits it offers!