Spanish people call this vino caliente, hot wine, in Finland and Sweden it’s called glögi or glögg and for some unexplained reason in English it’s mulled wine. Well, it’s the same thing in every country, though. We’ve been making mulled wine every Christmas for years and it’s a perfect drink when you’re preparing Christmas dishes as well as serving for your guests (who come to visit bringing you a whole lot of Christmas presents, hopefully).
Ingredients for Mulled Wine for 4 Servings
- 1 orange – naranja
- 2 dl (1 cup) of sugar – azucar
- 4 star anises – anís estrellado
- 1 vanilla pod – vaina de vainilla
- 6 whole cloves – clavos enteros
- 6 dl (3 cups) of black currant juice – zumo de grosella negra
- a thumb size piece of fresh ginger – jengibre
- 1 teaspoon of whole cardamoms – cardamomos
- 1 bottle of red wine – vino tinto
- 4 cinnamon sticks – ramitas de canela
Peel orange and mix the peeled zest with all remaining ingredients except red wine and cinnamon sticks in large pot. Squeeze the orange juice into the pot. Bring to boil and add the wine. Reheat, but don’t let it boil. Serve with the cinnamon sticks in the mugs. If you wish, you can filter the wine, but skillful scooping to avoid spices entering the mugs will do, too!
You can use orange slices and star anises to garnish the mugs.