For this Christmas, I was looking for a festive drink or cocktail to change from the traditional or Swedish mulled wine I tried last year, even if I like it very much and will probably make some again because it's so easy and quick to prepare. And in a report on French television about Christmas markets in Alsace (in North East of France), I heard about mulled white wine, I didn't even know it was possible but after all, wine is wine.
In the report, they advised to use an Alsatian dry white wine such as a Gewurtztraminer and it was perfect because I had a bottle at home and I don't like to drink this kind of dry wine, such as red wine but once cooked with spices, they're sweet and syrupy and make a fine apéritif.
I think we can taste the difference between mulled white and red wine but I don't have a favorite one. I suggest you to try and make your opinion. And don't remain on a prejudice, like many other people, I don't like wine but love it hot with spices. It makes a nice apéritif or also to enjoy after a meal with little Christmas cookies. And if you want to try the Glögg, Swedish mulled wine, it's just here.
Christmas mulled white wine
Prep time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Serving : 2 people
- 1 organic orange
- 500 ml / 17 oz / 2 cups dry white wine (such as Gewurtztraminer)
- 5 tbsp blond whole granulated sugar
- 10 cloves
- 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 to 4 star anise
- 1 little handful fresh cranberries (optional)
- Cut the orange in half and press the juice of one of them in a saucepan and slice the other half. You can keep two quarters to decorate your glasses afterwards but it's optional.
- In the saucepan, add the white wine and all the other ingredients.
- Bring to a boil then lower immediately the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes on low-medium heat.
- Strain and serve hot or warm in two glasses with your favorite Christmas cookies!
Notes: Cinnamon sticks can be used again once or twice but it really depends on their quality, some are not good after only one use.
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