Spice Me Up – Alpine Style

Almost wherever you go you find a version of mulled wine. Spiced wine has a rich history across many major cultures across the globe.  Spiced alcohol has historically served a number of different purposes such as being used for medicine and enhancing the taste. Spiced wine usually start with red wine and a variety of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lavender, mint, sage, cardamom, ginger, oranges, apples, raisins, nuts, sugar and honey as well as strong spirits.

Most European versions of spiced wine are very similar, add or take off a few elements and they are all covered. No matter what resort you are going to this winter you will be able to find a local version.  We have collected some of our favourite recipes from across Europe so you can bring a bit of the Alps to your home this winter season.

vin brulee

When it comes to food and drinks, the Italians mostly always get it right. Vin Brulé is the Northern Italian Version of our Mulled Wine and can be found in our amazing Italian ski resorts of Arabba and Selva. If you are not going on a skiing holiday in Italy this season, why not bring some Italian flavours home and make your own Vin Brulè.

Ingredients:

The following ingredients makes this fantastic spiced wine and gives it distinct flavours:
1 litre of red wine (full bodied red wine)
200 g of sugar
8 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange (with untreated rind)
1 lemon (with untreated rind)

Preparation

1. Peel the lemon and the orange. (The white parts need to be discarded as it will a bitterness to your Vin Brulée).
2. Put all the ingredients in a large steel pan.
3. Bring to a boil stirring frequently with a wooden spoon making sure all the sugar is dissolved.
4. As soon as it boils, the alcohol fumes will start to appear and you can now light a flame on the surface.
5. As soon as the flame goes out, the vin brulè is ready to enjoy. You can now filter it with a colander and enjoy!!!

Facile! As the Italian says…

vin chad

If you have ever been skiing in one of our French Resorts I’m sure you have been sipping away on a “Vin Chaud”. Mildly spicy and warm, with a splash of Cognac makes this French winter warmer a must have for your skiing holiday or on a cold winter day at home.

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine (fruity red wine)

4 cinnamon sticks

1 orange (with untreated rind)

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 cardamon pods

5 whole cloves

1/3 cup Cognac

Preparation:

1. Combine all the ingredients together in a saucepan.

2.  Bring the mixture to a simmer on the lowest heat (do not allow the wine to boil)

3. When the sugar has dissolved the Vin Chaudis hot enough.

4. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Cognac to a mug or glass and poor the Vin Chaud over it.

Voilà it’s ready to enjoy!

Glühwein

This famous Austrian/German drink is a must have for any Austrian ski holiday. According to the Austrian Tourist Board the secret to getting a great Glühwein is the right mixture of red wine, cinnamon stick, sugar, oranges and cloves. Give it a go at home and get in to the winter spirit!

Ingredients:
2 bottles of good quality red wine
128g of water
6 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges – for decoration

Preparation:
1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil

2. Shop 2 oranges into bite-size pieces and add to the wine.

3. Let simmer.

4. Remove clove and cinnamon sticks.

5. Pour up in mugs or pre heated glassed and decorate glasses an orange slice!

Das Ist Es!!!

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