Mulled wine is one of those drinks that simply scream “winter,” and we all tend to fall in love with it all over again once colder days arrive. If that also happens to be the case with you, and you enjoy making this festive drink on your own, here are three tips and tricks you can use to take it to the next level.
The wine you use when making this festive beverage makes all the difference. Red wine is always the safe bet, starting with Shiraz or Merlot. You might be tempted to treat yourself to a high-end wine, but it’s best to steak to cheaper, everyday wines because their flavor will be lost during the cooking process.
Cooking temperature plays a crucial role when it comes to preparing mulled wine. You might be tempted to turn the heat up, but it’s best to keep it at 170°F or lower because your wine will quickly boil on high heat, leading sugars to caramelize in the process.
Mulled wine simply wouldn’t be the same without all the delicious spices that made it so popular in the first place. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the most obvious choice, but you can experiment with other festive spices, from cloves and ginger to vanilla and cardamom.