Mulled wines are sweet, flavoured beverages that are served warm. Their ingredients include wine, strong alcoholic beverages (clear spirits, rum, brandy, Cognac), juice and spices.
You can discern notes of traditional festive spices, such as clove, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and bitter orange peel, in mulled wines. Blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries, chocolate, nuts and almonds are also used to flavour many festive mulled wines.
The traditional way to enjoy mulled wine is to drink it steaming hot with raisins and almonds.
Mulled wines pair well with a range of small snacks: savoury cheeses, autumn pies or tasty nuts.
Serve mulled wine steaming hot, at around 75°C.
Mulled wine can also be enjoyed cold: mixing it with sparkling wine creates a wonderful festive drink that you can top off with, say, cranberries and slices of lime.
An unopened bottle of mulled wine keeps well for a long time. Mulled wine can also be used in baking: try mulled wine parfait or update the familiar cheesecake with a festive mulled wine glaze. Mulled wine also adds a nice touch to many wintry sauces and stews, as well as to various vinegar sauces for herring and Baltic herring dishes.