Sunday, 12 December 2010

Mulled White Wine

We seem to be well into the season of Christmas parties already, and that means lovely evenings of friends and mince pies and mulled wine. I was chatting to my husband and reflecting that we usually drink more white wine than red, at other times of the year, and my thoughts turned to the possibility of mulling white wine. I'm sure I've heard of mulled white wine, but not sure I'd ever tasted it, so today I thought I'd give this a go. You probably already know how to make perfect mulled wine, but I tweaked the usual ingredients a little: I figured white wine wouldn't want the huge dose of orange juice that I'd put in a red mulled wine, and I added some extra vanilla and lemon zest along with my usual spices.

mulled white wine

White Mulled Wine

1 bottle dry white wine
½ cinnamon stick, broken
10 cloves
2 stars of star anise
2 inch-long pieces of vanilla pod
rind of ½ lemon
5tbsp sugar
1tbsp brandy

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat gently (don't boil) while allowing the spices to infuse. You can tie the spices & lemon rind in a small piece of muslin if you're feeling fancy, but I find it easier just to throw everything in and worry about straining it later. You could probably use a sweeter wine and put in less sugar, but I had a dry Chardonnay to hand.

This post is part of the Creative Christmas Countdown 2010. Read the rules then link up here:


Ginny said...

I had not heard of mulled white wine, either. That's a very good and descriptive picture, too! Well, how was it and which kind do you like best?

Jenn Erickson said...

Mmmm...I'm definitely going to make this over the holidays. Thank you Rachel!

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like a winner Rachel.

Kazzy said...

OK, I don't drink wine, but all of that simmering together sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

Intriguing.. Was it good?

Incidentally, for experimenters out there - be a bit careful about adding spirits to your mulled wines or you may find all your guests go to sleep! (Our whole family did, one Christmas Day...)

A Cuban In London said...

Never heard of mulled white wine before, but since I am a teetotal, there's some logic in it. :-) I do like the process, though and thanks for the links to all those Creative Xmas ideas. I've been link-hopping (?) during my morning break.

Greetings from London.

becky at abbeystyle said...

Mmmmm, mulled wine. Can't say I've ever had any but SOOOO love the medieval and traditional! Also, so English which I adore.

Thanks for the recipe...I'll give it a whirl! said...

I'm coming to your house for Christmas...that wine looks divine. :) Don't worry I'll leave channel hopping Hubby at home. I can't link up because as you know I am so uncrafty and useless at making things it is untrue. I shall however go and check out some of these clever people's blogs.
Thank you for visiting me this morning/afternoon...hope it's not as grey and cheerless there as it is here.
Carol from the blog that gives you laughter lines!

JadeLD said...

This sounds great - I love red wine but sometimes it's nicer to have something a bit lighter. We're having a Christmas drinks party this weekend so I'll maybe give this a try.

Hope you are having a lovely December. We've got our Brownie Christmas party this evening so I'm really starting to feel all Christmas-y at last!

Have a lovely day,

Stuff could always be worse said...

Love this ideal, creative!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh yum, I totally need to make this!!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That sounds really interesting, I've never tried mulled wine with anything but red wine. I do like (when I want something without alcohol) some hot spiced apple juice as an alternative... Have a great week, Love from London xo

PS: I'm so glad you like the cards, the ornaments were a little present from my other half, bought from John Lewis - always reliable ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, this sounds delicious. In Sweden, they drink spiced red wine in which you put raisins and almonds.. It's called glögg.

House Revivals said...

The mulled white wine looks good! I'll have to try it. Thanks for stopping by House Revivals -- I'm so glad you liked the woven stars!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

This sounds delicious. I am not drinking alcohol during my pregnancy, but I enjoy experiencing it vicariously through my blogging travels! :)

Stéphanie said...

So great post Rachel !

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

That sounds good and what a great alternative! I have never heard of mulling white wine! Way to think outside the box!

Veggie said...

This looks great, I have to try it. What did it taste like??

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