When the temperatures drop in preparation for the holidays, I love a steaming cup of anything from apple cider to hot chocolate.
But it wasn’t until I started visiting European Christmas Markets that I fell in love with mulled wine (or glühwein as they say in Germany!). It’s basically Christmas in a glass, with spiced red wine served warm and oh so comforting, not to mention delicious. With a few bottles of rosé wine leftover from the summer and an upcoming girls’ night to host, I came up with the idea to try rosé mulled wine, because why not?!
I’m so glad I did, because it was a hit.
In fact, a few of the girl’s even said it was their favourite mulled wine they had ever had.
Lighter than the red wine version, it’s still just as festive and somehow even tastier. For me, any excuse to drink rosé is a good one in my books though!
Rosé Mulled Wine
Makes 10 Servings.
- 2 (750ml) Bottles of Rosé Wine
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 orange, cut into rounds
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp ground cardamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 star anise
- fresh rosemary, pomegranate seeds or cranberries for garnish
- Cut out a small square of cheesecloth (about 5 cm x 5 cm). Place all ground spices in the centre, and gather corners up, and tie with string to secure to create a little pouch.
- In a large saucepan, pour in wine, add spices pouch, cinnamon stick(s), star anise, and a sprig of fresh rosemary. Stir in sugar. Turn onto medium high heat and bring to a slight simmer for 20 minutes. Don’t let it boil!
- Serve steaming in mugs or wine glasses. Add an orange slice & some pomegranate or cranberries to each glass. Garnish with a spring of rosemary or a cinnamon stick.