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Mulled wine?

  1. Dec 2, 2008 #1

    Office_Shredder

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    Ok, here's the deal. I'm supposed to get mulled wine for tonight... except we don't have a stove or anything, just a microwave. It's been suggested to me that there's such a thing as "microwavable mulled wine" but I'm not sure. So two part question

    1.) Does microwavable mulled wine exist as a separate entity?
    2.) If not, are there any recipes anyone knows for this?

    Googling for microwavable mulled wine has been less than helpful
     
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  3. Dec 2, 2008 #2

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    I always thought you made your own mulled wine. I'm not sure if you can buy a bottle of mulled wine you just have to heat up.
     
  4. Dec 2, 2008 #3

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    That's what I thought... looking around, most recipes say to put it in a saucepan or something and let it heat for a while and to keep it from boiling... so I'm thinking substitute that with 30 seconds in the microwave. Unless anyone else has a better idea
     
  5. Dec 2, 2008 #4

    Kurdt

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    Try a cup full at first and see if its palatable.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2008 #5

    Kurdt

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    Actually are you taking the mulled wine somewhere that will have a stove? If you are you can just add all the spices and whatever to the wine and heat it up fresh there.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2008 #6

    Office_Shredder

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    I'm taking it somewhere that has a microwave only
     
  8. Dec 2, 2008 #7

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    That's your mistake
     
  9. Dec 2, 2008 #8

    Office_Shredder

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    No, it's the limitations of reality
     
  10. Dec 2, 2008 #9

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    I googled it and got this recipe, first response. (you need to brush up on your googling skills, I googled "microwaved mulled wine") You can probably substitute ingredients (within reason) and use the microwave directions. Just increase amounts and time by the number of servings you want.

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup red wine
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1/4 cup brandy
    2 tablespoons honey
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 pinch nutmeg

    Directions
    1Combine all ingredients in a heatproof jug (or in a saucepan).
    2You can alter the proportion of orange juice to red wine according to taste.
    3Microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes (or heat in a saucepan on the stove) until hot but NOT BOILING.
    4Stir.
    5Pour into wine glasses and serve.

    http://www.recipezaar.com/Quick-Mulled-Wine-124503
     
  11. Dec 2, 2008 #10

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    I'd try this:

    1 bottle good red wine (don't bother starting with any crap)
    1 orange, sliced (skin on!)
    1 stick cinnamon
    5 cloves
    1 pinch grated nutmeg
    A handful of raisins
    Half a glass of brandy (optional)

    Lovely stuff. Don't heat it much above 75°C otherwise the alcohol will boil off.
     
  12. Dec 2, 2008 #11
    I soak the raisins in the brandy, before adding it to the wine. I also {like brewnog} use whole slices of oranges with the peel on. And yes using a microwave is just fine, with 20 to 30 seconds at a time.
     
  13. Dec 2, 2008 #12

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    ACK, CLOVES!!! :eek:

    I agree some orange slices would make it pretty.
     
  14. Dec 2, 2008 #13

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    Yes leave the cloves in the jar, instead add i tea spoon of hot chili powder.
     
  15. Dec 2, 2008 #14

    Evo

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    :uhh:
     
  16. Dec 2, 2008 #15
    Wow. I didnt think wine could get so complicated. I dont have much experience with wine anyway. :D Just got over the legal drinking age. Still a newb.
     
  17. Dec 2, 2008 #16

    Ben Niehoff

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    I made mulled cider for Thanksgiving and added rum to it. I will probably try the same recipe with wine at some point:

    - a few slices of fresh ginger root
    - 2 sticks of cinnamon
    - 1/4 tsp whole allspice
    - 1/4 grated nutmeg
    - lots of whole cloves (like a teaspoon or more - you know it's good if it almost makes your mouth numb :))
    - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper, for kicks

    I love cloves.
     
  18. Dec 2, 2008 #17

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    No sneaky drinks with your dad down the pub when you were 16?

    When I was doing German lessons last year we had Gluhwein because the room we were renting wasn't heated. It was really nice. I think it had a lot of cinnamon in it.
     
  19. Dec 2, 2008 #18

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    You all inspired me to make some! I used my recipe, but put a few juniper berries in too. The wine I used was home brewed raspberry and blackberry wine I made last autumn.

    Think I'll try it with a teaspoon of honey next time. Cloves are essential!
     
  20. Dec 2, 2008 #19

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    Yes, the cloves are a necessary spice to call it mulled wine. The local winery, which generally makes crappy sweet wines, does bottle a spiced wine that is basically everything you'd put in a mulled wine and you can just heat it and go, but it's not as good as the real thing.
     
  21. Dec 2, 2008 #20

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    My aunt used to make mulled wine and keep it in a stainless-steel portable steam-table. Just grab the ladle and fill your glass. She used burgundy (IIR), and after she sliced her lemons and oranges, she studded the rinds with whole cloves. There was powdered nutmeg in the mix, too. It was pretty good stuff, though we never had wine much at home when I was a kid and I never got her recipe. It was one of the things I looked forward to on Christmas Eve when we dropped in on the relatives. She used to buy me bottles of wine for Christmas when I was a minor. I rationed them out, and my parents didn't object.
     
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