One way to make mulled wine is to combine 4 cups of apple cider, 1 bottle of red wine, 1/4 cup of honey, two cinnamon sticks, and a zested and juiced orange in a large saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, and then let it simmer on low heat. After it has simmered for 10 minutes, pour it into mugs, and garnish with an orange peel.
Variations on mulled wine recipes include adding nutmeg, vanilla pods, bay leaves, lime or lemon. Chianti, port and claret are popular wine choices used for mulled wine.
Mulled wine originated in Rome during the second century. It is enjoyed throughout the world during wintertime, with different regions having their own original take on the recipe.
In Germany, mulled wine called Glühwein is very popular during Christmas. Germany also has a white wine version of Glühwein, though it is less popular than the traditional red Glühwein. In Britain, Smoking Bishop, a traditional mulled wine recipe, consists of port, lemons or oranges, sugar, and spices. In Nordic countries, mulled wine is referred to as glögg, and it is available in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. Vodka, akvavit or brandy is sometimes added to the alcoholic version.