Hungarian Mulled Wines by Helen M. Radics

mami konyvboritohozHello Everyone!wine for white and red

I hope the new year started out great for you.

As you know I always love to hear from you, however lately I was so sad to read that many of my fans are suffering from the sniffles.

Most of you love my chicken soup recipe for colds, however lately I got so many requests for “Mulled Wine” that I decided to share some recipe with everyone.

Perhaps you know that Mulled Winewine for white can be created with Red Wine of tokaji aszu 1White Wine.  The choice is yours however in Hungary, Red Wine is more popular.

These rustic drinks could be served simply to warm you up following a nice walk with your furry friend or taking a break from skating and skiing.  Sometimes, a cup of warm goodness could thaw you out after coming home frozen from work.

However in Hungary and many other parts of the World, these hot drinks are believed to have medicinal properties.  Which is never an impossibility with all the spices going in them to enrich an already magical bottle of wine.

In Hungary every farmers market have a rustic little outdoor section where they sell Mulled Wine (Forralt Bor) in the fall and winter months.  On dark, stormy, cloudy fall and bikaver 2winter days everyone would be thankful for a glass of Hungarian Mulled Wine.  Many time I get requests from my friends before they visit, not to serve traditional Champagne or Wine before dinner but a glass of wine for 2Hungarian Mulled Wine.  My friends and family just love to sit around the fireplace, chat and slowly drink these tasty creations.

If you’d like a truly Hungarian experience why don’t you try a bottle of Hungarian wine for the recipe.  There are some inexpensive great wine’s available outside the borders of Hungary.  I know at least in Canada and the US.  For red wines Bull’s Blood (Bikaver) and Szekszardi Red; for white wine Debroi and Tokaji Aszu is also great.

I, however also love to create virgin versions of these drinks using apple cider or grape juice as the little ones shouldn’t be left out either.

You’ll be surprised how grown up you will make them feel when you serve these virgin Mulled Wine’s to them in wine glasses.wine for cloves

ORIGINAL MULLED RED WINE - TO WARM UPwine for cinamon

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of sugarhoneywine for anise better
  • 1 slice orange

Place everything into a pot and bring to gentle boil.  Remove from heat and serve in rustic cups or mugs with a slice of orange on the rim and perhaps an extra cinnamon stick in each cup.

ORIGINAL MULLED RED WINE – FOR COLD

  • 1 bottle of dry red winewine for sugar written
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anisewine for sugar 1
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 5 cloves

Place everything into a stockpot and bring to a gentle boil.  Remove from heat and serve in rustic cups or mugs with a cinnamon stick in each cup.  It is best to bundle up when drinking it as a medicine and let the warmth of the drink work for you.

ORIGINAL MULLED WHITE WINE – TO WARM UPwine for lemon

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anisestar anise
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 cloves

Place everything into a stockpot and bring to a gentle boil.  Remove from heat.  Prepare heat proofed glasses or mugs by dipping the rims into lemon juice then sugar.

ORIGINAL MULLED WHITE WINE – FOR COLDwhite wine

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise sliced ginger root
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 thin slices of ginger
  • pinch of ground white pepper

Place all of the above into a stockpot and bring to a gentle boil.  Prepare heat proofed glasses or cups by dipping them into lemon juice and then in sugar.  Serve while hot and remember to always bundle up on the sofa or in bed before drinking it.  Then let it work for you.grape juice

VIRGIN MULLED WHITE WINE (Actually white grape juice) - TO WARM UP

  • 1 bottle of white grape juice
  • 4 slices of orange
  • 1 slice of lemonhoney
  • 1 tsp of honey orange 2015
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick of cinnamon

Place all of the above into a stockpot and bring to a gentle boil.  Prepare heat proofed glass or cup by dipping them into lemon juice then into sugar.

VIRGIN MULLED WHITE WINE (WHITE GRAPE JUICE) – FOR COLD

  • 1 bottle of white grape juicewhite pepper
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 2 tsp honeystar anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 5 slices of peeled ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper

Bring all of the above to a gentle boil in a stockpot.  Remove from heat. Prepare heat proofed glasses or mugs by dipping them into lemon juice then in sugar.  Bundle up and drink you Virgin Mulled Wine.lemon egesz

VIRGIN MULLED RED WINE (CONCORD GRAPE JUICE ) – TO WARM UP

  • 1 bottle of Concord Grape Juicecinnamon sticks
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 slices of lemon

Remember there is no sugar in this as the grape juice has enough.  Bring everything to a gentle boil in a stockpot.red juice

Remove from heat and prepare the cups by dipping them into a little grape juice, then sugar.  Place a cinnamon stick into each cup.

VIRGIN MULLED RED WINE (CONCORD GRAPE JUICE) – FOR COLD

  • 1 bottle of Concord Grape juice
  • 2 slices of lemonwine for ground black pepper
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • pinch of ground black pepperwine for cayane
  • 2 slices of ginger (peeled)

Bring all of the above to a gentle boil in a stockpot.  Serve in cups or mugs with a cinnamon stick in each and a slice of orange on the rims.  Bundle up and drink.

VIRGIN MULLED APPLE CIDERapple cider

  • 1 bottle of fresh apple cider
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 star anisenutmeg 2015
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 slices of ginger (peeled)
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Bring to a gentle boil and serve in rustic mugs.

I hope you will enjoy these simple yet wonderful recipes and serve them to your friends and family on blistery winter days to warm up you heart and soul.  Take care and drink up.

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    Canadian cookbook author and Life Magazine Spokesperson Helen M. Radics shares with you The Secret of Hungarian Cooking™© through the pages of her 8 internationally recognized cookbooks and now her latest blog. Enjoy your journey through Hungary’s history rich culinary world that will make you fall in love with the Flavours of Hungary™© one delicious recipe at a time.
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