|Vin Brule' a Christmas Tradition||| Print ||
|Written by Larry Aiello|
|Wednesday, 15 December 2010 01:57|
A popular Christmas-time tradition in Italy is to make some vin brulè, or mulled wine, especially on a cold winter's night. It is actually popular all throughout northern Europe. In France this warming winter beverage is known as vin chaud, Germans call it Glühwein. The Swedish name for it is glögg.
Avoid using the whites of the peels, as it will give it a bitter taste. Pour the wine into a pot. It is also best to freshly grind the cinnamon and cloves. Pour in the sugar or honey. Prior to turning on the heat, stir all the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly bring to a simmer over a low flame. Do not boil. Cover and let steep on a very low flame for about 15 minutes. Strain, ladle into mugs and serve. Can be served warm or cold. Best served in ceramic mugs.