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Mulled Wine – Not To Be Confused with Mold Wine


Mulled wine is a perfect drink for the holidays, but be careful how you say “mulled wine.” When I told my friends about the mulled wine I was making, invariably they would hear “mold wine” and get grossed out.

Mulled Wine vs. Mold Wine

Mulled wine should never be confused with mold wine.

Mulled wine is wine simmered with spices like cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, served hot. Mulled wine is delicious and nice to drink while settling in by the fire.

Mold wine is wine made in prison. I know this because I read an excerpt from the book “You are Going to Prison” on the blog The Sneeze (this must be some book – it costs $60 for a used copy on Amazon):

One of the problems you have right away with making wine in prison is the difficulty getting yeast. It’s a strictly forbidden item and you might not be able to get any. In this case you can improvise the by using slices of bread, preferably moldy (but not dry) and preferably inside a sock for easier straining.

The steps to making prison wine (mold wine) and the success of that endeavor are detailed – with photos – on The Sneeze. If you want something good to drink, the steps to making mulled wine are below.

Mulled Wine Recipe

I got the mulled wine recipe from Steph at A Year of Crockpotting. I’ve reprinted it below with a few changes from the original.

Mulled Wine – Not To Be Confused with Mold Wine

Yield: Serves 6-8 (or 4ish if you are going to use some of it in mulled wine cupcakes)

Mulled Wine – Not To Be Confused with Mold Wine

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles dry red wine (Go for the cheap stuff)
  • 1 C orange juice
  • 2 clementines (You could use any orange, but I happened to have a box of clementines on hand)
  • 3/4 C white sugar (I forgot to add the sugar the first time and it was nasty. Don't make this mistake!)
  • 1/2 t allspice
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves

Instructions

  1. Open the wine and dump it in the crockpot (use a 6 quart or larger crockpot).
  2. Pour in the orange juice.
  3. Stir in the sugar, and add the ground spices.
  4. Float the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves on top.
  5. Slice the clementines into rings, and float the rings on top.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4. You can continue to cook on low for much longer than that and it keeps getting better. We had some in the evening and then left it on low overnight and had some more the next day.
  7. Ladle into mugs.
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Mulled Wine Cupcakes

This mulled wine was used in some tasty mulled wine cupcakes.

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9 Responses to Mulled Wine – Not To Be Confused with Mold Wine

  1. Glen November 30, 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    Looks tasty!

  2. Cathy December 1, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    It was fun seeing you over the weekend! Did the mulled wine taste better in the morning with the sugar added…hehe :) I can’t wait to hear about the cupcakes!

  3. Lovely Lovely Cupcakes December 1, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    I am not a big wine fan because I dont think it is sweet enough for me but I might try this out since it has oj and added sugar.

  4. Stef December 1, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    Cathy – Yes! It was SO much better!

    Lovely – Have you ever had manischewitz concord grape? That stuff is like sugar. I love it!

  5. Mindy December 1, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    I often do this for winter parties, although I’ve never actually added fruit to it. I’m going to try that next time!

    On a side note, I’m living in Strasbourg for the year, and the Christmas market just opened…mulled wine (aka vin chaud, aka gluhwein) is available at many, many stands. Yum!

    Can’t wait to see how to make mulled wine cupcakes!

  6. Sandie December 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    Love this photo, and the recipe sounds even better! I’ll have to try this soon, on one of these cold & blustery December evenings.

  7. Joie de vivre December 1, 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    I saw this recipe on Year of Crockpotting too and it sounded great. I’m glad to hear you liked it too.

  8. Kinton December 1, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    OMG! Mold Wine is hilarious.

    I can just imagine a dirty sock with old bread and how that would bring the wine to emote things like “wet dog” and “carnival carnie B.O.”

    mmmm

  9. Y December 3, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    Didn’t even realise there was such a thing as mold wine! :D I love mulled wine though. Might have to make it some time…

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