The first time I had mulled wine was about 5 years ago in Vienna, Austria. It was early December and the Christmas markets were already in full swing. If you’ve never been to Austria or Germany during the winter it is AMAZING and I highly recommend it. They take Christmas very seriously and are pros when it comes to decorations, celebrations and food and drink.
Mulled wine wasn’t something I was ever really all that interested in, but after holding a hot cup of it between my freezing hands and sipping it under twinkly lights, I was sold. I tend to forget how much I love it, but this holiday season I will forget no more! I’m back in the mulling game.
My friend Charlie sells this great little organic mulling spice blend in her Minor Thread shop. It’s great not only with red wine but also apple cider. The cardamom, cloves, allspice, orange peel and cinnamon is just so comforting and fragrant. I usually like to use a an inexpensive (around $10) southern French red for mulled wine (the Les Heretiques is always a winner). Just throw a bottle of the wine in a pan with 1 tbsp of the spice blend and let it come to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain out the spice bits and you are good to go. Let the holiday cozy feelings commence.