Mulled wines were very popular in the Victorian era and in fact what we know as a mulled wine today — the general ingredients, that is — comes largely from the Victorian era. Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts has recreated a 1850s Victorian village of America and in one of their newsletters they reproduced a mulled wine recipe first published in the 1851 book "Directions for Cookery".
There was a time when wine was more commonly served to children, not merely adults, and this included mulled wine as well. During the Victorian era a particular mulled wine recipe just for children was developed. Named "Negus," it was served during the Christmas holidays and sometimes kids' birthday parties.
Mulled wines don't have to be complex and difficult. It's possible to make a simple, basic mulled wine that captures the essential flavors and experience of the Christmas holidays.
If you enjoy this style of mulled wine, though, you should try making a more complex mulled wine as well at some point.
Everyone has their own idea about what the perfect mulled wine is. It's a certainty that people will disagree about whether this recipe for mulled wine really is perfect or not, but it contains the primary elements of some of the most popular mulled wine recipes in Europe.
So even if it's not everyone's perfect mulled wine recipe, it's the perfect mulled wine recipe to start with. Once you understand it, you can start adjusting it to your own tastes and thus make it the perfect mulled wine for your family holidays.
Glühwein is the name for mulled wines in German-speaking countries. You can get Glühwein in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and few other German-speaking areas. Glühwein is exceptionally popular during the Christmas holidays and is commonly served in outdoor Christmas markets along with a variety of other holiday foods and hand-made crafts.
These Christmas markets have tents that have been set up for so people can sit down and get warm while sipping hot German Glühwein as a break from Christmas shopping. For Germans, Glühwein is an integral part of the Christmas experience.
The basic idea behind mulled wines goes back to the Middle Ages, but what we know as mulled wines can be traced back to the Victorian Era. It was here that combinations of spices, citrus, and red wine were used to create drinks that we'd not only recognize as mulled wine, but would find familiar in taste as well.
Still, Victorian mulled wines were a little different from the current versions.
Mulled wines are red wines infused with spices and fruit; sloe gin is gin infused with red sloe berries. The best sloe gin recipes include cinnamon and cloves which are also used in making mulled wines. So what better combination than to bring together sloe gin and mulled wine — especially since many mulled wine recipes include the option of adding liqueur?
Sloe Mulled Wine has a bit more alcohol and a bit more of a kick than regular mulled wine, but it can also have a richer flavor as well.
There's a certain glamour to both cocktails and champagne, so it's no surprise that glamorous stars like Marilyn Monroe have come to be associated with champagne cocktails — and that some champagne cocktails have been named after stars, including Marilyn Monroe.
The Marilyn Monroe champagne cocktail is made from a base of champagne or sparkling wine, some apple brandy (or regular brandy and apple juice, if you have no apple brandy), and a dash of Grenadine syrup.
Southern-style cocktails tend to incorporate southern flavors and southern ingredients, creating cocktail that are a little bit out of the ordinary — and the Southern Belle Champagne Cocktail is no exception.
Combining Amaretto and Apricot Brandy with dry Champagne or sparkling wine, the Southern Belle is not your average Champagne Cocktail. This will be a good chance to get some of these ingredients for use in other cocktails as well, assuming you don't use them all up with champagne.