VIN BRÛLÉ, the Perfect Treat for a Cold and Snowy Day
In Italy, is not winter without a steaming cup of delicious spiced wine
A DELECTABLE HOT DRINK FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Vin brûlé, the Italian delightful version of mulled wine, is one of winter favorites, especially during the holiday season. While mulled wine is only warmed up, Vin brûlé is boiled. The different process affects the alcohol content. This hot and spicy wine has curative effects, not only on your mood! It is a popular home therapy for colds.
FROM THE ANCIENT ROMANS
The name literally means “burnt wine.”The tradition of hot wine goes back to the ancient Romans. They used to drink warm wine with honey. Its ancestor could a warm drink made with red wine and honey, spiced with pepper and saffron. Today Vin brûlé is very popular in the north of Italy, particularly in the Piemonte region. Traditionally it is the star of every “mercatino di Natale.” The Christmas markets are a wonderful tradition of the northern area of the country: a feast of colors, lights and delicious food. One popular destination is the Trento Christmas Market, one of the most visited touristic attractions during the holidays. With a north Europe feeling, this adorable market features an incredible selection of local specialties, including wines from the Trentino region and – of course - lovely Vin brûlé.
You don’t need a fancy bottle of wine, so choose a good everyday dry red wine. We recommend Cabernet, Merlot or Sangiovese. For a bottle wine you will need 7 oz sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange and 1 lemon (peeled and sliced – use the citrus zest, as well the juice), 7 cloves, a pinch of nutmeg. If you prefer you can also add one sliced apple. Like almost everything in Italy, the recipe for Vin brûlé slightly varies from region to region! In a saucepan, place the ingredients. Heat over medium, stir and bring to a boil.
HOW TO SERVE IT
Serve warm in punch glasses or mugs. Garnish with orange peel and a star anise. You can also add a shot of brandy or sherry. Enjoy your Vin brûlé with fragrant cookies or pastry. Try Pasticceria Bettina orange biscuits with your warm beverage. You will love it!
- Donatella Mulvoni