This new take on mulled wine incorporates a medley of warm, spicy, fruity flavors with a hint of smokiness that truly evokes the holiday with each sip. Light up the grill and get your mugs ready because this warm cocktail is bursting with flavor.
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Mulled Wine wasn’t popular in my family, as a matter of fact, the first time I had it was in business school at my friend Neeraja’s holiday party, and my mind was blown.
At first, I couldn’t wrap my head around the overwhelming flavors of this spiked, hot wine punch. But I continued to sip and with each steaming sip, I gained a sense of familiarity liken to holiday cookies and cakes. The cup warmed me as if I were sitting next to the fireplace. I enjoyed the feeling and the flavor it gave me and ever since it has become a Fall staple in my household.
Undoubtedly, it’s the warm spices for me. Bring on the cinnamon, the cloves, the allspice … anything with these spices immediately evokes happiness.
For my recipe, I also love the addition of citrus, apple cider, and fresh cranberries to brighten up the flavor and counter the additional bitterness from adding the rum and whisky. If you don’t want to add these liquors you can just replace them with more wine.
The Secret To Smoked Mulled Wine
The secret to smoked mulled wine is that there is no secret. The recipe is actually quite easy, all you have to do is follow a few key steps:
- Soak your wood chips for 30 mintues.
- Light up your charcoal on one side of the grill. My Weber Mastertouch Grill has char baskets for my coals so that I can create heating zones.
- Let the fire die down the coals turn grey. Then add the drained wood chips over the top.
- Add all the ingredients to your pot and stir then place it adjacent to the heat but not over the heat for 30 minutes.
- Serve warm and garnish with fresh cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star of anise.
The Best Wood Chips For Smoked Mulled Wine
I recommend choosing wood chips that won’t overpower. So stay away from Hickory, Oak, or Mesquite. Instead, lean toward the milder fruiter versions like Apple and Cherry.
My Web MasterTouch Grill has a flexible 2-prong cooking grate system that allows me to lift and adjust the grates as needed. That way I can easily add my wood chips to the heat right before the pot of wine ingredients goes on the grill.
How Long To Smoke The Wine
Once your pot goes on the grill it only takes 30 minutes under the lid before you have delicious Smoked Mulled Wine. Just before you remove the pot from the grill you can also add sliced oranges directly on the grate for just a few minutes to add some additional char and smoky flavor to your drink when you garnish.
For me and Kenneth, a glass of Smoked Mulled Wine on our patio while enjoying the cool Fall breeze, is the perfect way to end our day together. But in the same vein, this recipe is super festive, so it would also serve as the perfect spiked punch when entertaining friends. Regardless of what occasion, you don’t want to let this Fall or Winter go by without trying this recipe.
How To Make Smoked Mulled Wine
- 1 bottle red wine
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup spiced dark rum
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 cinnamon stick, plus more for garnish
- 5 star anise pods, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 2 oranges, sliced thin and divided
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- Cranberries, sugared for garnish [optional]
- apple or cherry smoking chips
To smoke mulled wine:
- Soak chips in water for 30 minutes. In the meantime, set charcoal to one side of the grill and light it up. Let the flames subside and you will see the edges of the coals turn gray. Place the top over the grill and close the vents to regulate the temperature. The target temperature is between 180 and 200 degrees.
- Add the soaked and drained chips to the charcoal right before the wine pot is added to the grill.
To prepare mulled wine
- To a large, grill-safe, heavy bottom pot (like a dutch oven) add all the ingredients but reserve one of the sliced oranges to the side for garnish. Stir all of the ingredients together well.
- Place pot (without a cover) onto the grill but to the side of the fire. Do not place it directly over the heat. Securely close the grill lid and let the wine smoke for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the grill and stir. Serve warm with additional cinnamon sticks, star of anise, orange slices, and sugared cranberries.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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