With every soup recipe I share with you, I know I talk about how soup is a great help for surviving the winter, and it’s true, it is comfy to warm yourself up with a hot bowl of soup, right? Soup, however, is not the only way to keep warm during the winter. My friends, I present to you Mulled White Wine!
Yes, this stuff is so good at warming you up that I would say it ranks over soup! GASP! You must know by now how much I love soup (really I’m obsessed with the stuff), but there is something about spice-infused, heated wine that really warms you up from your head to your toes. Plus it’s sooo relaxing. The only thing that soup is better about is that it doubles as a meal. I mean technically you could drink mulled wine as your dinner, but it’s not recommended if you want to wake up the next day.
Picture it: you cuddled up on the couch, under a fluffy blanket with a warm glass of Mulled White Wine, reading a good book or watching a good movie while the snow is falling outside. A scene of winter bliss!
About a year ago I made Spiced Wine (which is just another name for mulled wine), only it was made the traditional way with red wine. The red spiced wine was also warming and comforting, but I have to say that I think I prefer the Mulled White Wine. It’s more mellow, and somehow more soothing than the red version. Really, you need to make both versions and try them for yourself. You know what you should do? You should have a mulled wine party and cook up a batch of each; that way you and your friends could have a taste of both!
Someone please have a mulled wine party and invite me! I’ll bring some fancy cheese!
But you need to know more about this Mulled White Wine situation before you invite friends over. I couldn’t agree more.
Mulled White Wine is some dry white wine of personal choice that has been infused with apple, pear, and orange for fruitiness, cinnamon for warmth, star anise for a hint of licorice flavor, just a bit of cloves and ginger for spice, honey for sweetness, and a little white rum because we can.
Now, go make yourself a batch of Mulled White Wine. It only takes 15 minutes to make; in just a short time you can be on your couch sipping away, getting all cozy.
- 1 bottle dry wine (I used Chardonnay, and it was an inexpensive bottle since it's going to be sweetened with honey and fruit)
- 1 sweet, firm apple, sliced (I used Gala)
- 1 ripe pear, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise pods
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
- ¼ cup white rum (optional but recommended since a little of the alcohol cooks out of the wine)
- 1 to 3 tablespoons honey
- Extra slices of fruit for garnish, if desired
- In a medium-sized stock pot with a tight-fitting lid combine all of the ingredients, except for the honey. Stir to combine.
- Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it reaches a boil reduce it to a simmer, keeping the lid on, and simmer for 10 minutes. Be careful not to let it come to a boil again; if it boils too long all of the alcohol will be cooked out.
- Immediately remove from the heat. Strain the mixture with a fine mesh sieve; discard the aromatics. Return the mixture to the pot and taste-test. Stir in honey one tablespoon at a time, tasting as you go until you reach your desired sweetness.
- Ladle into desired serving glasses. Garnish with sliced fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves, or star anise pods, if desired. Serve immediately.
- If you want to make this ahead of time, or you have leftovers, make sure all of the aromatics have been removed; otherwise they will become too strong if left in the wine any longer. Store the mixture in the fridge. Gently reheat the mixture on the stove just until it's warm. Do not allow it to come to a boil.