Looking for a mulled wine recipe? Here is a uniquely delicious recipe imbued with the flavours and scents of the European Christmas markets.
Recently, an eieihome team member shared a delightful memory of wandering the fairytale-eque Christmas markets of Prague. There, intermingled with charming stalls selling everything from sweets, to woodcrafts and toys, were merchants who offered steaming cups of svařák, for people to sip while they shopped.
Svařák is a fragrant mulled wine from Prague. Just imagine the heady scents of citrus, spice and simmering wine perfuming your home this holiday season. We think that a slow cooker or pot filled with this gently simmering brew is an absolute must-have for your holiday party, tree-trimming or quiet evening by the fire.
While we can’t transport you to the famed Christmas markets of Eastern Europe, we can certainly share a recipe for this traditional holiday indulgence.
Svařák (Eastern European mulled wine) Recipe
- 1 bottle of red wine (we used an Ontario Cabernet Franc)
- 3 Cinnamon sticks
- 5 – 10 Cloves
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Orange
- Lemon zest (half the lemon)
- Orange zest (half the orange)
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- Additional add-ins such as star anise, cardamom and rum are optional
1. Place spices, orange zest and lemon zest onto a small bowl and set aside
2. Into a large, heavy-bottomed sauce pan pour 1 bottle of wine and set on the burner. Set burner to low heat and add your bowl of spices and zests.
3. Allow the pot to simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Meanwhile, slice your citrus.
5. Once your wine has simmered for the 20 minutes, add the citrus and brown sugar. Stir and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
6. Add rum to taste (if using)
7. Serve warm.
Instructions (Slow cooker)
1. Add all ingredients except the rum (if using) to your slow cooker.
2. Place the slow cooker on high and cover.
3. Heat till simmering
4. Turn dial to the “keep warm” setting and allow to sit for approximately 30 minutes prior to serving.
5. Add rum to taste (if desired)
Inspired by the recipe originally posted on Eating Prague Tours