For almost a century, no cognacs with the designation XXO were produced. Then in 2018 XXO was officially approved by the National…
- Base Spirit Wine
- Preparation Heated
- Flavor Christmas
- Served Hot
European cultures have been drinking hot, spiced wine beverages like Glögg and Glühwein for centuries. However, the most famous of them all might be Britain’s contribution: Mulled Wine.
A mix of baking spices and red wine, the roots of the drink can be traced to Roman rule over the Sceptered Isle. However, the beverage we know as mulled wine really emerged during the Victorian era even appearing in the authoritative Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.
The Christmas favorite soon spread to the American cousins across the pond.
The following recipe is from Matt Lofink of New Orleans’ Cure. The specs are a baseline take on the standard–not overly complex, but a massive leap above those pre-mixed packs sold at the supermarket.
- Bring all to a boil, quickly, then simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain into a punch bowl or carafe.
- Add brandy.