Wine of the mulled variety…

I love a glass of red wine in the evening with dinner (my preference is for Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon if you’re ever buying). A glass of wine seems to be the perfect full-stop to the sentence of my day. The one downside to the drinking of wine in winter is that while it pleasantly warms me up on the inside, it still leaves my fingertips quite cold. By reaching out to my wonderful Twitter friends to help me with this cold-fingered problem, the concept of mulled wine was put forth (thanks Sarah!).

I tracked down a recipe for mulled red wine on the internet, picked up the ingredients (which included my very first purchase of brandy…a proud day indeed), and followed the very easy instructions to create liquid bliss!

Mulled wine (before)

While I don’t mind cooking on the odd occasion (my preference is for sweets and desserts if you’re ever over for dinner), I’d never before dabbled in the art of alcohol-tampering. But after trying my hand at mulled wine, it is an activity to which I will once again (quite regularly) return to.

Mulled wine (after)

Apart from tasting absolutely incredible, mulled wine has the happy coincidence of keeping my hands toasty warm…the perfect accompaniment to a winter’s evening. You should definitely try it for yourself on one such cold and frosty night.

18 Comments

  1. Paul

    Yummmm. I hope you didn’t cook all the alcohol out of it?
    .-= Paul´s last blog ..100,000 Questions =-.

    1. Lee

      No I can assure you there was plenty of alcohol left in that drink!
      .-= Lee´s last blog ..More Star Trek music – bathe in the glory of Shatner remixed =-.

      1. tracey (Post author)

        Hi Lee – We must make more of this mulled stuff … If only ‘somebody’ would stop drinking all the red wine … πŸ˜‰

    2. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – Have no fear, there was plenty of alcohol left in this concoction…it was delicious and so easy to make (and drink). Mulled wine is one of my new liquid friends. 8)

  2. Artful Kisser

    Well done – perfect for this weather. I had some Austrian in-laws who made this stuff all winter many years ago now which I haven’t had since. You’ve inspired me to make a brew.
    .-= Artful Kisser´s last blog ..One Of You Is Gonna Pay Your Dues To the Prophet Tah-night =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Artful Kisser – So glad to hear that you’ll be indulging in some home-made mulled wine brew as well. I can’t believe I haven’t got around to making it before – feeling very disappointed in myself for all the missed opportunities… πŸ˜‰

      It really is the perfect winter drink!

  3. Ricardo

    OK, I have had this before and it is delicious! I could live off it. Can’t say the same for my liver but the rest of me could.
    .-= Ricardo´s last blog ..The Monologue I’m Working On =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – I honestly can’t believe how good mulled wine tastes. I was a little unsure about making it at first as I was worried I’d end up just ruining some perfectly good red wine … but the tasty results speak for themselves… I really shouldn’t get so excited over alcohol-related recipes, but it was just so fun to make and has such a wonderful spicy fruity flavour.

  4. jason

    the only alcohol-tampering i’ve ever done was with homemade absinthe, and…well, let’s just say we didn’t see the green fairy. my buddy doug makes an amazing hot buttered rum tho!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..KEITAI SHOUSETSU TRANSLATION! =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – Oh homemade absinthe … that sounds VERY dangerous indeed (in more ways than one) – I think even attempting that is beyond my level of expertise. Hot buttered rum sounds sooo delicious, perhaps I’ll have to give that a try sometime soon…sounds like another great winter drink!

  5. Lisa

    Hello Tracey! Have enjoyed a round or two of tasty mulled wine at some memorable Christmassy parties. Its spicy aromatic enhancements make a snowy eve just a touch more special, and certainly a little more spirited! Am now looking forward to wintry landscapes, and goblets of claret colored mulled wine.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog .."Your Fate Hurtles Down at You" =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa! I love, love, love mulled wine. I was so disappointed that I only got around to making up a half-batch this time. On my next attempt I’ll certainly be sure to indulge in the entire recipe…it is just very easy to drink – perhaps too easy. It’s kind of like a version of sangria for winter.

      I could certainly see how mulled wine would add an extra special dimension to Christmas … I’d love a white Christmas – in Australia it’s often extremely hot and dry at that time of year. I really must sample that time of year in a wonderfully cold climate so that I can take advantage of all the wonderful things that go along with the season…

      I raise a glass to your beautifully described wintry landscapes…

  6. shraddha

    i do not drink wine…but it sure looks tempting..

    hugs!

    i enjoy following your blog…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shraddha – Oh good for you for not drinking wine … I’m sure despite the antioxidants etc, it really isn’t all that good for us. I have on and off enjoyed a glass of wine here and there, but it’s probably only in the last year or two that I really became a fan of red wine. Mulled wine was a wonderful experience to make, one that I hope to repeat the next time the weather turns cool and crisp.

      Thanks as always for your visit and your comments … you are always welcome to drop by at any time my friend! 8)

  7. Maxine

    oooooh. I can taste this now!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Maxine – Grab yourself a glass of this wonderful mulled stuff right this instant!!! 8)
      You simply owe it to yourself!!

  8. Asa

    i love this stuff

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Asa – Mulled wine is incredibly awesome… I have much drinking time to make up with it! πŸ˜‰

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