Drinking wine at Christmas is an ancient tradition. Let’s find out what is a wine infused with herbs, fruits that are drunk at Christmas (temporarily called: Mulled wine), the history of this wine and its recipe.
Christmas is a special day to spread joy and enthusiasm with Christmas trees, plum cakes, Santa Claus, Christmas carols and wine. Have you ever wondered why Mulled wine is so closely associated with Christmas?
What is pickled wine?
Distilled wine, also known as spice wine, is made with red wine. It is diluted with water, sweetened with sugar, flavored with spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and sometimes raisins, and served hot.
Why do we drink mulled wine at Christmas?
The first signs of winter wine drinking are traced back to 2nd century Rome, according to culinary historians. The Romans found that warming wine helped them get through the frigid cold days while adding spices to make it fragrant, healthy
J John in his book ‘Christmas Compendium’, considered the bible of all things Chrismassy, says that the pickled wine is called ‘ypocras’ or ‘hipocris’, named after the Greek physician Hippocrates.
Wine quickly became a festive staple as people prepared the drink during the winter, especially around Christmas. It has become a tradition to enjoy drinks with family and friends.
Over the years, wine recipes have changed. Europeans add herbs and flowers to add sweetness. Many spices such as figs and coriander have been added to the recipe.
The drink came to India with the British and continues to stay as part of Christmas.
Ingredients Formula :
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 60 gm castor sugar
- 5 cloves cloves
- 1 that cinamon
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Easy Mulled Brewing Recipe:
- Over medium heat, place red wine and castor sugar in a saucepan.
Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, orange zest, lemon zest, and vanilla essence.
Stir the ingredients.
Let it simmer for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
Do not boil the mixture as the alcohol will evaporate.
Strain the crushed wine into a glass.
Enjoy while the wine is hot