HOT MULLED SPICE
FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Hot mulled drinks (wine or cider)
are popular the world over
at Christmas time.
Each country has its own name and recipe
for hot, spiced holiday drinks:
England/America -- Hot mulled wine
Germany -- Glühwein
Poland -- Grzane wino
France -- Vin chaud
Nordic Countries -- Glögg
Italy -- Vin brulé
Serbia/Croatia -- Kuvano vino
Romania -- Vin fiert
South America -- Candola
Bulgaria -- Greyano vino
Latvia -- Karstvins
(I'm sure I'm missing a few.)
Variations on the recipe are fairly similar.
They more or less include familiar aromatic spices,
including cinnamon, cloves, allspice and
especially nutmeg and mace (the dried outer-covering
around nutmeg) which are subtle flavorings
for breads, cakes and pies, especially this time of year.
Simply add these spices to red wine or apple cider,
along with sugar (to taste) and orange slices.
Heat gently on the stove for 15-20 minutes and serve.
And raise your mugs as you toast the holidays.
Now off to the spice store with you!!!