Glühwein (or spicy mulled wine) is a recipe that’s part of the Christmas tradition of European countries, and the wine dispenser Plum can help you prepare this beverage.
Also known as Mulled or Hot Wine in the United States and England, and as Glögg in Scandinavian countries, this is a common drink shared at those outdoor gatherings held during the winter. Usually, the spiced mulled wine is served in small glasses or stoneware glasses and accompanied by candied fruit cake or strong cheeses.
At this point, you may be wondering: “How can an automatic wine dispenser like Plum help me prepare a hot beverage?” The answer is quite simple: pouring the perfect amount, so you don’t waste a drop of wine.
As you may know, Plum Wine acts as a smart mini wine cellar. This sophisticated device (which can be integrated into the furniture or placed on the countertop), not only allows you to have two different wine bottles open in your kitchen but will also keep them perfectly refrigerated at the temperature that their manufacturer suggests.
In addition, this wine dispenser offers you the possibility to customize the serving size of each glass, which can vary between 90 and 150 ml. This programming can then help you prepare the perfect amount of mulled wine to avoid wasting it.
With this data at hand, the next thing is to opt for the perfect recipe. We reviewed the most popular ones and chose the one that, by all accounts, you and your guests may like the most. In any case, using this as a base, you can add or remove elements and thus adapt the recipe to your taste and preferences.
The mulled wine recipe
- 4 glasses red wine (125 ml each)
- 80 gr brown sugar
- 2 cardamom pods
- 2 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- A pinch of grated nutmeg
- Orange and/or lemon peels
- Star anise to decorate
The preparation of the Christmas mulled wine is very simple. Pour the 2-cup measure that the Plum dispenser gave you into a pot, along with the spices, lemon, and/or orange peels, and brown sugar, and heat for 15 minutes over low heat.
Allow these elements to release their aromas and the sugar to caramelize, stirring from time to time. If it sticks, add a splash of wine from the remaining two glasses.
Then, when the sugar has dissolved, add the rest of the wine (2 glasses), and keep on low heat for 25 minutes. Important: don’t allow the wine to boil. Before those 25 minutes are up, check the sugar, and add more if you want, and remove from the heat. Let stand and serve garnished with star anise and some orange peels.
So as you will see, your Plum dispenser will not only allow you to offer the right amount of wine at the right temperature, but it will also be the accomplice you need to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere by helping you please your guests with the drinks of their choice.