we are very close to the Christmas holidays and I could not miss the recipe for the Christmas wine par excellence, the Italian Vin Brulé.
Easy to prepare, Vin Brulé is a good hot drink to deal with icy days and has deep roots in European history: is known as Glühwein in Germany, as Vin Chaud in France and as Mulled Wine in UK.
Vin Brulé is great when accompanied by roasted chestnuts, chocolate sweets and desserts and biscuits (even better if they are made of shortbread pastry)!
Ingredients (for 2/3 cups):
500ml of full-bodied red wine
a quarter of apple
Peel of half an orange
Peel of half a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
a little bit of nutmeg
70gr of sugar (2.5 oz)
Wash the fruits, dry them and prepare the peel, the spices, the sugar and cut the quarter of apple into thin slices.
Pour the wine and the other ingredients into a pan.
Stir often, in order to mix the ingredients.
Bring to boil the mulled wine, at low heat, so as to raise the intensity of the aromas of the peel and spices.
Once the mulled wine will begin to boil, let it boil for another 5 minutes.
Before serving, filter the mixture and the Vin Brulé is ready!
And the wine?
For Vin Brulé recommend using a red wine that has a good body and structure: there are excellent wines from southern Italy, Negroamaro and Primitivo, which are full-bodied, soft and lightly sweet, or Barbera, if you are a traditional one. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Gamay are also suitable; the only important thing is they should have a good body.
Have a nice drinking and a nice holiday!