Today, I found an unopened bottle of cheap white wine in my refrigerator. My husband bought it a while ago and forgot all about it. I did not like it. However, I felt bad about trowing it away. Then I remembered that my mom used to boil wine usually during the cold season. When you like boiled wine the season becomes less important. It will be delicious no matter what time of the year you decide to drink it.
She poured it in a pot and added black dried pepper, ground cinnamon, or lemon zest to bring a subtle flavor and fragrance to it. Then she brought it to a boil in the same way you are making tea. It is not necessary to boil it for too long. You don’t want the alcohol to evaporate. In Romania, “Boiled Wine” (Vin Fiert in Romanian) is served hot. People normally use red wine to make “Boiled Wine”. White wine can also be used. You may add sugar, nutmeg, cloves, anise, orange zest, or any spices with distinctive flavors.
In other European countries it is known as Mulled Wine. It is mostly red wine that can be served warm or hot. It dates all the way to Roman times and tastes differently depending on the country. It contains mulling spices like ginger, galangal (often found in Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian cooking), cloves, long pepper, nutmeg, marjoram, rosemary, and sometimes raisins. It is served during the cold weather or Christmas.
So, if you have red or white wine that doesn’t fit your taste don’t throw it away. Boil it, add some spices, and create a totally different kind of beverage that may be more appealing to your taste buds. Try it. It’s good!
Cheers! (Noroc in Romanian, kind of a good luck wish)
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