First off what is Mulled Spice tea and should we even make it?
Yes, you should, it is a lovely holiday beverage. This is a mix that is full of the traditional holiday flavor.
Mulled wine is heated sometimes sugar and spices. And in our case with tea! The spices are generally cinnamon, cloves and occasionally a little star anise. You can add orange zest or even whole orange segments. In our case we used our new Holiday tea Thunder's Pawsom Apple Cider tea. It is generally served around the Christmas season in Europe / North America. Although at some ski resorts the drink is served at restaurants the whole ski season.
Mulled spiced wine is a delicious and festive drink that is perfect for the holiday season. It is also a great way to warm up on a cold winter day. This recipe uses our Thunder's Apple Cider tea to add a unique and flavorful twist to traditional mulled spiced wine.
What is the difference between mulled wine and spiced wine?
Mulled wine is spiced wine! The two are the same. It is an alcoholic drink usually made with red wine, along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins, served hot or warm. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
Can Mulled Wine be made without alcohol?
Yes! Actually in the video, Timmy makes the recipe with Grape Juice both red and white. Works just as well.
Mulled Spice Tea Recipe
- 1 bottle (4 cups) of red or white wine (grape juice for non-alcoholic).
- 1/4 cup of Thunder Apple Cider tea
Things you can add to make it extra flavored. Keep in mind Thunders Apple Cider does have these ingredients in the tea (with the exception of nutmeg and honey).
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- In a large saucepan, combine the red wine and Thunder Apple Cider.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the flavors have melded.
- Strain the mulled wine into mugs and serve immediately.
- For a sweeter mulled wine, add honey or maple syrup.
- For a spicier mulled wine, add more cloves or star anise.
- Garnish with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, or star anise.
Does tea pair well with wine?
Yes, they do! They have a very harmonious connection. They can make great dinner companions separately with wine at dinner and tea joined at desert. Or take turns with a sip of each. The water content in the tea can help keep you hydrated as you sip your wine.
For pairing options consider teas with strong blended flavors with red wines. So Colonel Grey, Clariee's Chai or Thunder's Apple Cider with a red wine. And lighter teas with white wine such as our Mississippi Sunshine.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for mulled spiced wine with Thunder Apple Cider! This festive drink is sure to please your guests and warm you up on a cold winter day.
Please note that this recipe is for adults only. Wine should not be consumed by pregnant women or minors.