What makes this a witch’s mulled wine?
Well, nothing really, but if you weave a spell or two into the wine, you have one powerful winter potion! Of course if you can’t drink alcohol or are under age, I would recommend making a warm cup of sweet herbal tea.
This wine is inexpensive to make but will still take at least 12 hours to make. Best to make this the night before serving.
Witch’s Mulled Wine Ingredients
- 1 750ml red wine (any will do)
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamon
- 1 tsp crushed juniper berries
- 1 3cm piece of ginger, peeled & sliced thin
- A small pinch of fine ground pepper
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 shots (60ml) brandy
- 1 shot (30ml) port
You’ll also need a stove, large sauce pan, a spoon for stirring, pot cover and Strainer. I also use a cheese cloth to really filter out the lumps and bumps when straining. This isn’t necessary, it comes down to personal preference of texture.
- Combine all ingredients, besides the port and brandy, into the pan
- Turn heat to medium-low and bring to just under a simmer
- Cook at this heat for 15 minutes or until sugar has dissolved
- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat
- Cover the pan with a lit or wrap and allow it to sit over night or for 12 hours
- Once it has been 12 hours, add the port and brandy
- Stir for a minute
- Strain into a bottle or a punch bowl
This tastes best when warmed up, as the bitterness isn’t as strong. Room temperature is ok too, but if you’re not a fan of spice, I’d still recommend warming the wine up before serving.
As an optional decoration, add some dried oranges slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves floating around on top.
Drink up and be merry
Honestly, this will warm the coldest of spirits on the darkest of nights! A perfect warming wine for the colder portion of the year and doubles as an excellent for any Yule celebrations. As long as you are of legal drinking age!