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.
Sloe Mulled Wine Ingredients
- 1 bottle red wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 lemon (for zesting)
- 1/2 cup sloe gin
- star anise (1 or 2, to taste)
Tip: for best results, use a better sloe gin — the cheapest sloe gins are usually just neutral gin spirits with flavor and color added rather than good gin that has been infused with sloe berries. If there is a gin that you know you like, create your own sloe gin — it takes about 3 months, though, so plan ahead!
Sloe Mulled Wine Preparation
- Medium Saucepan
- Spoon for stirring
Tip: use non-reactive metal saucepan. Don't use aluminum because the red wine's acids will react with aluminum and transfer a metallic taste to your mulled wine.
- 10 minutes to prepare the ingredients
- 15 minutes to heat the wine
- 30 minutes for infusion
- 5 minutes to serve
Making Sloe Mulled Wine
Sloe Mulled Wine Recipe
- Zest about half the lemon
- Pour the red wine into the saucepan, set at medium heat
- Add spices
- Heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes for flavors to infuse the wine
- When ready to serve, re-heat until the mulled wine begins to steam slightly
- Add sloe gin, then serve
Tip: don't let the mulled wine reach the boiling point!
Serving Sloe Mulled Wine
- Add sloe gin to the mulled wine just before serving
- Ladle into mugs
- Use strainer over the mugs to remove zest and spices
Tip: use heated mugs to keep the mulled wine warm