Mulled wine (warm and spiced wine) is a traditional central and east European drink, present in each Christmas market from Paris to Moscow.
Italy has its own version of the Christmas mulled wine, called Vin Brulé, literally burned wine. This is a drink consumed mostly in Northern Italy, where winter is way colder in comparison with the South.
Vin Brulé is particularly loved by the Italian Alpini, a famous military corp specialized in mountain warfare. At each Alpini reunion all around the country, Vin Brulé is always a must have.
To prepare Vin Brulé is extremely simple and quick.
You will need:
- 1 bottle of strong red wine (750 ml)
- 150 gr of sugar
- the skins of one Orange and one Lemon
- Spices: star anice (2), cloves (8) and 2 sticks of cinnamon.
Prepare a match to burn the surface of the wine.
In a wide pot add the orange and lemon skins, making sure to keep out the white part of the skin that, due to its bitterness, may change the wine taste. Add the sugar, the spices and the wine.
Mix it all together until the sugar will be absorbed by the wine and put the pot on a medium fire.
Keep stirring until the wine starts to boil. At this point it’s time for some fireworks! Using a long match (we had only short ones, but managed not to burn our hands), put the flame next to the wine until the alcohol that is evaporating from the pot will be set on fire.
Wait until the entire alcohol is consumed and the flames disappear. Using a small colander and a big spoon put the wine into your nicest cups .
Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with your loved ones!