The process of making mulled wine like these can be too much of a time-eater, especially for the holiday rush. As good as the vino and spices sound, you may have little to no time to sit and wait as it simmers on a pot. After all, a busy person can have too many things to do to the point where you can’t even fit in a rest day in your schedule; how much more a winemaking session?
However, if you actually have a handy microwave stocked up in your kitchen, then we have the perfect solution for you to satisfy your wine cravings with less supervision and time.
Right now, you might be wondering how that’s even possible given that microwaves are usually only used for steam cooking, defrosting, retherming, and holding food, but it can actually be of more use than with it being multi-purpose, efficient and quick.
Microwaves are all-rounders, so if you have one dumped in one shelf, then better have it taken out because it will be extremely useful, especially for the upcoming holiday season. You can cook up a sumptuous and heavy meal course for visitors coming over or house parties using it. If not, then you might want to consider getting one for yourself for future purposes.
Here’s a cheap, quick, and easy microwave recipe for mulled wine that is perfect for the holiday season or for your personal wine needs. It only takes 20 minutes to do and can yield up to 4 ½ cups. You can alter. However, you want to produce more yields.
- 1 750 ml cabernet or pinot noir or any red wine you prefer
- ½ c honey
- 1 large orange (you can add a few wedges for serving)
- 2 tsp allspice berries
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 4 pcs star anises
- 2 tsp whole peppercorns
- ½ c brandy (make sure not to skip this!)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (you can add more for the serving)
Step 1. In a large microwavable bowl or glass, whisk together honey and wine
Step 2. Remove 1” strips of zest from your orange using a peeler and add it to the wine mixture. Slice the orange to a half and squeeze in the juice as well. Mix well and add in your star anise, peppercorns, whole cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks
Step 3. Microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes on high until it is hot but not boiling. Set aside for 15 minutes before stirring in the brandy. Make sure not to skip this part because adding in the brandy gives your wine spicy-sweet results to make anyone want more. Strain into your preferred mugs or wine glasses and finish it off with some orange wedges and cinnamon sticks. Reheat for 30 seconds or more as deemed necessary until they’re hot.
Step 4. Serve and enjoy. Also, remember that the longer the spices sit in, the better it tastes, so you can prepare an ample amount ahead of time and reheat whenever you feel like it.
Making mulled wine using a microwave is not as difficult and time-consuming as you think, so you can definitely treat yourself to this delicious concoction this coming holiday.