Warm Up This Winter With Mullins Mulled Wine Infusers

Photo by Raegan Allsbrook

Warm Up This Winter With Mullins Mulled Wine Infusers

Winter is well and truly here in Australia and with those temperatures getting pretty chilly we dream of snuggling up in front of a crackling fireplace, blanket on lap with a warm drink in hand.

Here at You & Me Gluten Free, that warm drink is mulled wine – a favourite of ours. All those warm and enriching spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and citrus, there is nothing better than simmering a cosy batch of mulled wine on a cold winter’s night.

 

What is Mulled Wine?

If you’ve ever travelled around Europe in the colder months, there is a fair chance you would have come across mulled wine. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you’re missing out! Whether the country you’re visiting calls it gluhwein, glogg, vin brulé or svařák, the concept of mulled wine is the same – hot, sweetened red wine made aromatic with the addition of citrus fruits and warming spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is an absolute must in the colder weather, guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.

Mulled wine has a pretty long and interesting history. It is said that it dates all the way back to Ancient Greece where red wine was heated to help warm the body during the long cold seasons. Spices were added to make this drink into a medicinal tonic which they believed would promote health and avoid sickness. Herbs and flowers also began to be added as natural sweeteners to make unpalatable wines taste better. Whether they were avoiding wastage by mulling the left-over wine, or mulling a bad harvest of red wine with spices to make it taste better, the ancient Greeks were onto something. Mulled wine continued to grow in popularity and is now enjoyed all over the world.

How to make Mulled Wine?

If you’ve ever made mulled wine, you’ll know that it can be quite the process. Once you’ve combined the red wine with all those yummy spices and citrus it needs to be simmered, keeping a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil which can cause the alcohol in the wine to evaporate. Depending on the method you use, this could take hours before your wine is mulled to perfection and ready to drink.

If you are looking for a mulled wine recipe, you’ll notice that there are A LOT of different recipes out there. Ingredient lists and quantities can differ and quite often will include expensive and seldom-used spices meaning it’s not something you can just quickly whip up when you crave that warm, mulled wine goodness. Generally, spices are added to mulled wine to taste and it can take a bit of practice to get the recipe to your liking. If you’d like to try making mulled wine at home but not sure if you can be bothered with the whole process, have we got good news for you…

Introducing the new way to make Mulled Wine

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We were so excited when we came across the team at Mullins who introduced us to a new – and FAST – way to make delicious mulled wine. Mullin Mulled Wine Infusers are pyramid spice infusers filled with a vibrant blend of rich spices and bright citrus, ethically and sustainably sourced from Fairtrade farms in Sri Lanka. Each tin contains 8 pyramid infusers filled with a vibrant blend of cinnamon, clove, star anise, orange peel and stevia leaf to balance the rich spices with a hint of sweet citrus.

The all-female leadership team of Mullin not only produce these beautiful mulled wine spice infusers, they are also committed to supporting living wages for farmers, creating sustainable forest gardens and fostering economic opportunities for women. By sourcing their spices for this product from fair trade famers in Sri Lanka, they are bolstering the local economy while combatting the negative effects of climate change. Pretty amazing, huh?

These clever little single serve infusers make mulling wine as easy as brewing tea and truly take the hassle out of the whole process. It’s as simple as measuring out a cup of red wine, popping a Mullin Mulled Wine Infuser into it and heating it for a couple of minutes, either on the stove or in the microwave. Once the wine is warm, steep for a few minutes or to your liking then your mulled wine is ready to enjoy – voilà!

What is the best wine for mulled wine?

So now that we’ve got you all excited about mulled wine infusers, you’re probably wondering what the best type of wine is to use for mulled wine?

Red wine is the heart of a good mulled wine so it’s important you choose the right type of wine to properly compliment all the amazing spices in your Mullin Mulled Wine Infuser. You’ll want to choose a red wine that is dark, fruity and full bodied something that can support all the strong mulling spices.

While a delicate red wine is nice to drink on its own, a more subtle flavour can sometimes become overpowered when mulled.

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Our favourite wine to use with Mullin Mulled Wine Infusers? The Hero of Zero Cabernet Sauvignon. This gluten free red wine is an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that gives off the classic aromas of blackcurrant with a hint of dried herbs and cocoa, it’s preservative free and tastes even more amazing after dropping a Mullins Mulled Wine Infuser into it.

Looking for an alcohol-free mulled wine option? Look no further than Plus & Minus Non-Alcoholic Shiraz. Another gluten free, Australian red wine, Plus & Minus Non-Alcoholic Shiraz is a beautiful blend of dark fruits and rich chocolate with hints of vanilla, the deep and brooding flavours are the ideal match with the infusers.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bottle of red and get mulling!

 

If you are looking for a gift for someone who would love this product, Mullin Mulled Wine Infusers are now included in three of our gluten free gift boxes. Check out our Mulled Wine & Sweet Treats Box or Mulled Wine Deluxe Gift Box which include Mullins Mulled Wine Infusers plus a range of yummy gluten free chocolates, treats and bottle of wine (non-alcoholic option available). Or if you’re looking for something without the wine, look no further than our Winter Warmer Gift Box which includes Mullins Mulled Wine Infusers and an amazing range of gluten free comforts to keep your recipient warm this winter.

Mulled Wine Deluxe Gift Box
Winter Warmer Gift Box

 

 

 

 

 

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