Mulled wine is a traditional holiday treat in countries where the winters get fairly cold. When emigrants from these countries arrived in North America, they brought this tasty tradition with them. Today there are a wide variety of different mulled wine recipes for those enjoying the beverage; some main ingredients, however, have not changed.
The main ingredients in mulled wine are red wine and cinnamon sticks. Optional ingredients---in varying quantities---include vanilla, sugar, honey, almonds, lemon juice, cloves, nutmeg and even chocolate shavings.
As you heat the wine, it is important to not burn off the alcohol. This requires careful, slow heating and also the use of a thermometer. The perfect temperature is 160 degrees F. The danger of losing alcohol content begins at 167 degrees F.
Mulled wine is known the world over by a number of different monikers. In Germany the beverage is referred to as "Glühwein," while in Italy it is known as "vin brulé." In France, the same beverage is called "vin chaud."
Did you know that you can prepare a couple of bottles of mulled wine ahead of time and then save them for the next time you are in the mood? The spices act as preservatives and will keep the brew fresh.
Mulled wine is an acceptable drink to carry around with you in most of Europe and also some North American venues. Experts are now asking authorities to forbid public drinking of even this traditional holiday drink, in the interest of public health and to avoid public intoxication.
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