Mulled Wine ( Vinho Quente )

Mulled Wine –” Vinho Quente”

When winter weather swirls in, nothing could be cozier than a toasty mug of mulled wine. Mulled wine, the vine’s version of a classic hot toddy, is a traditional holiday treat in many Old World countries. And here I bring to you a Brazilian  version .

Mulled wines have been warming people for centuries, they are wines that have been sweetened, spiced and slightly heated – offering a delightful alternative to traditional coffees, and teas. This is perfect in a winter’s night !!

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One bottle (750 mL) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
  • 1 cup of orange juice ( natural )
  • 3 table spoons of lemon juice
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger

Serves 4-6

Preparation:

Peel the apples , remove the seeds and cut in little squares .

To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker.

Gently warm  all the ingredients (including the apples )on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes.

Stir occasionally to make sure that sugar has completely dissolved.

When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve

Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!

PS: If you want to  make it more surprising , wet the rim of the mug ,turn it and dip the rim in sugar.