I come from Alsace in France which is a stretch of land near the German border. Being so close to our German neighbors and for many other reasons, we’ve inherited a lot of their traditions. I guess Christmas markets (good spot to buy muled wined!) and the way to celebrate the holidays are two of them.
In my family, the Christmas festivities cannot start without muled wine. We usually drink it around 4pm on Christmas Eve with a lot of Christmas cookies. It’s a nice way to catch up with everybody in the comfort of my grandmother’s home while eating delicious food (one of my favorite activities I confess). Muled wine has the power to make everybody chatty and cheerful, even the grumpiest family members. Now, are you taking this beverage more seriously!? I hope so and recommend you test it very soon!
Serving: 4 cups
Timing: preparation 10 minutes + cook time 30 minutes
– 1L red wine
– 1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– 2 star anis
– ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
– 1 organic orange, sliced
– 1 organic lemon, sliced
– 2 cloves
– 2cm fresh ginger
Brush and wash the orange and the lemon carefully. If you picked organic fruits, chances are there is less pesticide. But who knows, right!? Better be careful with this!
Cut the lemon and orange into 0.5cm (0.2 inch) slices.
Pour the red wine into a large sauce pan.
Add the spices, sugar and fruit slices.
If you like your muled wine very sweet, you could add up to an additional ½ cup brown sugar.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Remove the fruit slices, the cinnamon sticks and the cloves.
Serve in nice Christmassy mugs with these cookies.