Mulled wine (vino cotto)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Serves 1-6

1 bottle dry red wine
Peels of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 stick cinnamon (2-3 inches)
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
6 whole cloves
1/4 cup sugar

  1. Slowly heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer for ten minutes.
  2. Carefully strain out the spices and serve the wine hot.

In ancient Greece and Etruria, wine was regularly served sweetened and heavily spiced. Today, you can still see some element of this tradition in Greece’s retsina wines. Many other wine-drinking cultures have continued to spice up their wines in wintertime, when mulled wines like this Italian¬†vino cotto¬†are the perfect antidote for a chilly evening.