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I have always been a mulled cider lover.

And a wine lover.

But it wasn’t until I spent a few weeks in Europe last winter that I came to realize that I am totally a mulled wine lover too!

Seriously though — why is mulled wine not a bigger deal in the United States?!?  It is seriously the perfect drink to warm you up in the evening after a chilly day out in the cold.  And it’s filled with delicious spices just like cider.  And warm.  And sangria-ish sweet, but not too sweet.  And warm.  And easy to make in just 20 minutes, or made even easier in the slow cooker.  And did I mention it’s warm?

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I also love that mulled wine will forever bring back memories with good friends in England.

For those new to the blog, I had the privilege of spending nearly a month last December in Europe, traveling through Barcelona, Marseilles, Savona, Rome, and Sicily. It was amazing.  But it wasn’t until I spent time in England (London, Oxford, Shrewsbury, and London again) that I began to fall in love with all things mulled and warm, especially mulled wine.

Easy Mulled Wine Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Let me just point out that I was freezing the entire time we were in England.  My wool pea coat and scarf were not cutting it.  (Hence my resolution this winter to buy a Very Serious Puffy Furry Coat.)  But we quickly discovered that just about every pub in England keeps a big black cauldron of simmering wine, and my friends and I quickly became fans.  Some were sweeter, some were spicier, some were fruitier, but I loved them all.  It’s basically like spiced sangria — and warm!!!

Mulled Wine Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Little did I know that mulled wine would actually be so quick and easy to make at home too.  Turns out that it literally could not be easier.  Simply bring a bottle of wine with an orange and some spices to a boil, then let it simmer for at least 15 minutes, and that’s ample time to create a delicious serving of mulled wine.  You can, of course, let it simmer for much longer — which has the added benefit of making your home smell even more amazing.  Or you can also let it mull in the slow cooker.

Mulled Wine Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Feel free to tweak the seasonings as you’d like.  I’m sure this is another drink (like my homemade chai recipe) that everyone likes spiced or sweetened  a little differently.  But bottom line, if you love mulled wine, you should totally try making it at home on a chilly evening.

Mulled Wine

Spiced mulled wine is a winter favorite -- warm, flavorful, and always so comforting!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil -- you don't want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.

*Recipe was doubled on here in

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Mulled Wine Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

 

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  1. Dora — January 2, 2016 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    You don’t know how much I love mulled wine , i will try this recipe for sure asap !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 4th, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

      We hope you enjoy this recipe Dora! :)

  2. Brad Thickson — February 20, 2016 @ 2:37 am (#)

    Best wine I ever had…………..Brad

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2016 @ 9:51 pm

      We’re glad you liked it Brad! :)

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