The method to microwave mulled wine is quite simple but there are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to know to help you on your way. We’ve covered everything you could need to know below:
How to Microwave Mulled Wine
Here is our to-the-point method for microwaving mulled wine successfully:
- Make Your Mulled Wine Mix
You can follow your own recipe but a delicious and quick version is to add about half a cup of honey, citrus zest, cinnamon and cloves to a bottle of relatively cheap red wine.
- Add to a Bowl
Put all of these ingredients into a bowl that is safe for the microwave. If possible having a lid would be great too.
Put the bowl with all the ingredients into the microwave and heat on high for about three minutes. You want the mulled wine to be hot but not quite boiling.
Pull it out of the microwave and keep it covered. Let it steep for about fifteen minutes before adding a glass of brandy into the mixture.
Ladle into mugs and serve.
3 Tips for Microwaving Mulled Wine
If you want to have the greatest of success with making mulled wine in the microwave then check these easy tips out:
- Adapt Recipes – If you don’t like the flavours in a recipe for mulled wine you can mix it up and make your own! It will soon become a family recipe that you can turn into a Christmas tradition.
- Microwave Ready-Made Mulled Wine – The method outlined above also works if you want to make it super easy and buy ready mixed and made mulled wine. Heat it up in a microwave and let it steep for a few minutes and then serve.
- Don’t Boil It – Be careful not to make the mulled wine too hot. You want to avoid it boiling because this could cook the alcohol out of the wine.
Advantages of Microwaved Mulled Wine
There are a couple of very clear and obvious benefits to using a microwave to heat up mulled wine at home:
- Super Speedy
The major advantage of microwaved mulled wine is the speed at which it can be ready. Even if a guest unexpectedly turns up at your door over the festive period you can serve a festive drink within minutes.
Mulled wine made in the microwave is delicious! You would be hard-pressed to tell the difference. You might even prefer it. It’s also so easy to make you can always whip up a batch whenever you fancy a warming treat, even if it isn’t Christmas.
Disadvantages of Microwaved Mulled Wine
Although the drawbacks are only minor, there are a couple worth bearing in mind if you’re going to microwave mulled wine:
- Can Become Messy
It is very difficult to keep liquid from boiling over when microwaving. The liquid can seem to go from barely hot to boiling within seconds. This wastes your wine and makes a big mess to clean up.
- Limited Quantities
Another disadvantage to mulled wine is that you are limited to how much you can make in one batch. You need to have a large enough microwave to make anything other than small batches of mulled wine.
How to Reheat Mulled Wine in the Microwave
If you need to reheat mulled wine then you could do this on a stovetop by allowing it to come up to temperature slowly while stirring. You can also use a microwave. Pour the mulled wine into mugs, leaving a gap of about an inch at the top.
Pop these into the microwave and heat for about thirty seconds. Give it a stir and then heat again for another thirty seconds. Repeat until the mulled wine is warmed.
How to Defrost Mulled Wine in the Microwave
You can either defrost by using a saucepan on your stove. Or, you can put it into a microwavable bowl and using the microwave.
Set the timer for about a minute and then give it a stir. Pop it back in for up to another minute and stir again. Check the temperature of the wine and then repeat this process until the wine is both defrosted and warmed up.
Mulled wine is a wonderful wintertime treat and you can have your mulled wine that little bit quicker by making it in a microwave.
Most recipes will work fine and you can use the method outlined in this article to ensure you can have tasty mulled wine to drink whenever you fancy a sweet and warming treat.