Spiced Ginger Mulled Wine

Posted in At Home on December 15, 2016

In Europe, a simmering pot of mulled wine is about as common as a cup of coffee around the holidays. Christmas markets are a staple in Germany; the streets are adorned with twinkling lights, artisan craftwork, and of course, a mighty Christmas tree. A stroll through the market wouldn’t be complete without a cup of spiced mulled wine in tow, also known as glühwein in Germany and Austria. You’ve probably tasted this comforting beverage at holiday parties, but may be surprised to know this winter cocktail has been enjoyed since ancient Rome and was used as herbal medicine to ward off the winter chill.

In Sweden, a version of this brew is called glögg, in Germany and Austria glühwein, England wassail and in France vin chaud. The tradition of simmering comforting, warming spices with red or white wine or cider has gained popularity around the world, and each region enjoys their own unique twist on this age-old recipe. Some cultures even turn it up a notch with vodka or brandy!

Inspired by this Austrian glühwein recipe, we crafted a slightly spicier version using our organic Ginger tea. Traditional medicine practices, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, use ginger to warm the body, ease stomach discomfort and relieve nausea.* The sweetness of the wine and sugar paired with spicy ginger creates a bold and flavorful holiday cocktail that’s sure to awaken the taste buds and impress your friends and family. Many Europeans believe this concoction to bring light into the depths of winter, defend our bodies from the cold weather, and inspire a cheerful holiday glow.

Spiced Ginger Mulled Wine

Toast to the holidays and your health with this sweet and spicy cocktail.

Servings: Just over 6 cups total or 10-12 small servings

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: 

  • Big soup pot or slow cooker
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle to pour
  • Wine cups for serving
  • Cheese cloth or mesh metal strainer

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 750-ml bottles red wine, preferably a Beaujolais or another light and fruity red with no oak
  • 1 cup sugar, or add honey in last to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 allspice berry
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1 apple, diced (preferably Gala)
  • Zest of 1/4 lemon
  • 2-3 bags of Traditional Medicinals organic Ginger tea

Instructions:

  1.  Toast the spices at the bottom of your pan until you smell the aroma. This step is optional, but we highly recommend it: it really brings out the spicy flavors!
  2. Add in your wine and all other ingredients, including your tea bags. If using honey in lieu of sugar, add it in last to taste.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer (not a boil) and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes. For extra flavor, let it sit overnight and re-heat to serve. Alternatively, use a slow cooker on low for 4-8 hours.
  4. Strain out the herbs and spices, and serve warm with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, star anise, or cinnamon sticks as a garnish.

Want to try another winter warmer? Try our Throat Coat Hot Toddy. Or, simply enjoy one of our 60 Traditional Medicinal teas this season. Happy Holidays, and be well!