An easy stove top mulled wine enjoyable for people of all ages for the holiday season.
Mulled wine, either with or without alcohol, is the perfect holiday season comfort drink.
How mulled wine is consumed in France
In France, it is mostly consumed in Alsace (the region close to the German boarder) around Christmas time and especially at the Christmas market. But it's also consumed throughout autumn and winter time. As a result, you can have a glass of mulled wine when you go out with friends or family at a café. in addition, in French, it is called "Vin chaud" which literally means "hot wine". Well, as you can imagine, in France, mulled wine is traditionally made with red wine. So I'm really not sure if you could order mulled wine without alcohol in a café. But don't get me wrong, you don't want to use an expensive Bordeaux wine to make mulled wine. 😉
For mulled wine with alcohol
- red wine
- maple syrup
For mulled wine without alcohol (for those on AIP and paleo and of course for all of those who prefer non alcoholic drinks)
- non added sugar red grape juice
For both versions
How to zest an orange
Firstly, when you plan to zest an orange, I highly recommend selecting an organic orange in order to avoid eating pesticides. Secondly, rince the orange under cold water then dry it with a clean towel. Then, using a zester or a small grater remove the top orange colored layer of the peel. Zest is used to add flavor to a dish or, in today's case, to a drink.
How to make it
- Transfer the red wine and maple syrup (or grape juice and water) to a sauce pan along with the cinnamon stick, orange zest and cloves. Slice one orange and add it to the sauce pan. Let the whole thing cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Strain the mulled wine (I like to put a strainer over a large bowl to avoid making a mess) and transfer into a mug or glass.
- Slice the second orange and cut the slices in quarters. Add the orange slices to the mug to decorate. You can also add the cinnamon stick to the mug. Et voilà! Serve hot.