Fill your home with the scents of the season with this Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine. Served warm, it is the perfect cozy holiday cocktail that brings your favourite red wine to life with scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and star cardamon. And a burst of ruby red grapefruit citrus flavour.
A nice glass of wine by an open fire while Christmas Carols play in the background and the lights on the Christmas tree twinkle. Sounds like a perfect evening right? But sometimes you just need to spice things up a little and try something new.
So this year I decided to give Mulled Wine a try. I had never had it before and looked at a number of recipes but didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so I took a little look through my spice drawer and pulled this recipe together. For a little twist, I used Ruby Red Grapefruit instead of the oranges and lemon peel commonly used in traditional recipes.
So what is mulled wine you ask?
Mulled wine is a warm cocktail that uses a red wine base that is slowly simmered with citrus and spices and served warm. Sort of like a holiday sangria but served warm. It is very easy to make and can be made stovetop of using a crockpot.
Mulled wine would go perfect with these sweet treats!
- Super Fudgey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge
- Date Squares
- Buttery Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Lace Cookies
how to make this ruby red grapefruit mulled wine recipe
The most essential item is wine. Red wine. For me, many dinners and family gatherings begin with this essential item! Anyhoo…
To begin, grab a bottle of red wine preferably a red that is robust so that it can hold it’s own when paired with the citrus and spices. Too light of a red and the citrus flavours may overtake the red wine so look for a Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz for a bit of a peppery flavour.
Either in a large pasta pot or a crockpot pour in the whole bottle of red wine, two cups of water and a 1/2 cup of Cointreau or Triple Sec.
Slice half a ruby red grapefruit into thinly sliced rounds and add to the pot. Then add a half cup of brown sugar, 1 whole stick of cinnamon, 1/2 a tsp of fresh ground nutmeg and 3 loose cardamon pods that you have crushed slightly with the flat edge of a knife. This allows the flavour of the seeds to come out.
Simmer for on medium for about 1/2 an hour or if using a crockpot let simmer on low for 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon stick and use a spoon to remove cardamon seeds. Serve warm in glass cups with a slice of grapefruit for decoration. Be sure the glasses you chose to serve the mulled wine recipe in can handle hot liquids.
Can you use white wine to make mulled wine?
Sure can but again the type of wine you choose is important. Look for a wine that is low in acid because when heated high acid wines can taste astringent … not what you are going for! A Chardonnay, Viognier or a Dry Reisling will work perfectly.
How long will mulled wine last?
If you aren’t planning fo finish this entire mulled wine recipe in an evening simply let it cool completely and store in a sealed glass jug for up to 3 days. Reheat stovetop or in the microwave.
Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season or for any night you just want to put on some fuzzy socks and binge watch Netflix.
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Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine
- large pot
- Heat resistant drinking glasses or mugs
- 1 750 ml bottle of red wine like Cabernet Sauvingnon or Shiraz
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 a ruby red grapefruit
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cardamom pods lightly crushed
- 1/2 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange flavoured liqueur
- In a large saucepan add wine, water, Cointreau, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, grapefruit and nutmeg
- Heat on medium-high heat just until it reaches a simmer- watch carefully. Do not bring to a boil
- Turn down to lowest temperature and lightly simmer for 1/2 hour
- Strain liquid into a large measuring cup to remove seeds
- Serve warm or room temperature in heat resistant glasses or mugs
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and grapefruit wedges
For the step-by-step version of this recipe, check out the How To Make Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine Story.