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November 24th, 2009

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03:27 pm - Question for the wine drinkers on my flist
I'm thinking I want to try making mulled wine this year. It sounds yummy, and I've never done it.

Anyone have good recipes that you love/use and would like to share with the newbie? I'm very confused by the differences I'm finding on the internet, and would love some more personal recommendations.

Thanks! :)
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Date:November 25th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I tend to just buy a good quality sachet of mulling spices, slice in an orange, add a small glass of brandy, and honey to taste. But if you can't get the sachets, that's not an awful lot of help, I'm afraid. The key thing is not to let it boil, as this tends to lead to bitterness.

You can add orange juice as well if you want it to be more fruity and less alcoholic.
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Date:November 25th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. *makes note to perhaps buy some brandy*

I should be able to find mulling spices somewhere, and I can make my own sachet for them if absolutely necessary. :) Thank you for the comments! It makes me a little less nervous about trying it.
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Date:November 25th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
I like making spiced mead. Mead is a honey wine. You can find mulling spices either in the produce section (with the apples, etc.) or perhaps the baking or tea sections.

I use my slow cooker. Pour the bottle of mead (or other wine) into the slow cooker along with a sachet packet or two of mulling spices. Don't let it come to a boil. The longer you let the spices steep, the stronger the flavor will be.

The last time I made spiced mead, I let it heat and steep so long that when I took the lid off the cooker, my eyes watered. 'Twas great fun. :-)
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Date:November 25th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I have had mead, it is very good. Not that easy to find around here--I suppose one has to know where to look. :)

Thank you for the tips! I'll let you know how it goes.
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Date:November 25th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
A good wine store should have it, particularly during the holidays. Or they can get it for you. I usually try to get some that's been imported from the British Isles (just because), but there are American vintages as well. (I found some a couple years ago that was made in Indiana. Bzuh? Indiana has wineries? That make mead? Who knew?)
Date:November 25th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
There was a retired law professor from IU who opened a winery in Bloomington, IN. He tried to make a go of Indiana-grown grapes for a while, but eventually threw in the towel on most of them - Oliver still makes wine, but mostly from California grapes.

They do have one small experimental vineyard in Monroe County still, that turns out a surprisingly good Cabernet.

I have tried a couple of other Indiana-grown wines, and they are largely dreck. The limestone-soaked soil in the south would be great for wine grapes, but the climate is all wrong.
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Date:November 25th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
2 stores: no mulling spices. :(
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Date:November 26th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Hm . . . I'll have to check ours and see where they keep it. The first year I went looking, I had a heck of a time finding any. But there they were, with the apples and ciders and such.

Do the store employees know what you're talking about when you ask them where the mulling spices are? (Silly question, I know, but I don't take for granted that, say, a high school student knows what I'm talking about when I say I want mulling spices.)

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Date:November 25th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Good mulled wine is really good. Bad mulled wine is... not good. Hope you find a great recipe! Then again I don't generally like red wine. So I'd probably like it better if it was more fruity...

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