Mulled wine – Vin brule’

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Mulled wine – Vin brule’

Made with red wine, this traditional northern italian drink is a spicy and fragrant hot beverage that will warm you from within.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • sauce pan
  • microplane
  • knife
  • strainer
  • cheese cloth optional
  • potato peeler

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine I used Pinot noir, any will do as long as it's dry
  • 1/2 apple organic
  • 2 slices orange organic
  • 1 slice lemon organic
  • orange zest whole pieces
  • lemon zest whole pieces
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks plus extra for decoration
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg ground or freshly grated
  • 2 pieces ginger cristallized
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
    All ingredients gathered on a table.
  • Wash the fruit; on a cutting board, cut the lemon and orange into the number of slices needed; peel the remaining orange and lemon making sure that you remove only the zest; cut the apple into chunks.
    1/2 apple, 2 slices orange, 1 slice lemon, orange zest, lemon zest
    Fruit cut up and zested on a wooden plate
  • Open the wine and pour the entire bottle into the saucepan; add all the ingredients, minus the sugar.
    1 bottle red wine, 1 tsp whole cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 2 pieces ginger
    All ingredients in the saucepan ready for cooking
  • Place the saucepan on the stove and turn it on to medium heat; cook the wine for about 10 minutes; do no boil the wine as all the alcohol will evaporate, unless you want a less potent drink; stir in the sugar until dissolved; strain the contents out and serve immediately. Enjoy!
    4 tsp granulated sugar
    The wine being cooked on the stove.

Notes

Vin brule’ is a classic winter beverage from northern Italy. It is served at bars or winter markets during the holiday season and it is a preferred alternative to hot cocoa (usually served to the children).
A lot of my winter memories are tied to this drink and I enjoyed making it at home for my dad Carlo.
I especially remember going out on Christmas Eve night to watch a traditional event called Nina, where a woman from each block of the village, would stand in front of the town singing a very ancient Christmas song (it originated in the 14th century) announcing the birth of Jesus. It was (and still is) an interactive event as the crowd would sing along as the chorus for the serenade.
After the event, which usually concluded around 10:30 at night, hot chocolate and vin brule’ were usually served, along with another classic treat offered by the local bakery: la Treccia di Natale, a sweet bread braided and baked, our local alternative to Panettone. Afterward, the town would gather at the local church for midnight mass.
Nowadays, I make mulled wine for my husband and I, when we decorate the house for the holidays or when the weather gets really cold here in Washington.
 
My brother and I enjoying the wine at a Christmas marketPicture of the holiday market in Schio, VicenzaThe town gathered for the Nina
Calories: 199kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: festive drink, holiday drink, hot wine, mulled wine, spiced wine, vin brule’

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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