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Traditional Christmas favourites across Europe, mulled wine & mulled cider make winter so worthwhile! Vegan recipes for both in this post!
This time of year can be cold and damp and miserable, but for me, there are two things which make me forget all that, and really and truly appreciate midwinter; seeing snow-topped Alps from my kitchen window, and mulled wine!
Mulled wine, or kuhano vino as it’s called in Slovenia, is surely the greatest winter quaff known to humankind. I adore it, I really do (and yet curiously, I only ever want to drink it during the winter).
Speaking of winter, Slovenia is, in my opinion, THE best place to be during the cold season. It’s the stuff that fairy tales are made of. In fact, living in Slovenia is a quite literally childhood dream come true for me.
Why is Slovenia so utterly wonderful?
We have Zlatorog…
Lots of snow…
Lect (similar to gingerbread)…
And pretty Christmas decorations…
I always really, really look forward to the Christmas market opening up in Ljubljana, and I have something of a personal tradition in that the first cup of mulled wine I have, must come from one of the fairy light-bedecked chalets along the river. After that, I make it at home.
Do check out these other vegan Christmas recipes!
Because there are some odd people around who don’t actually enjoy wine (I know, right!), I’m also including a traditional French recipe for Cidre Chaud à la Cannelle (hot cinnamon cider).
For both of these recipes you can sub juice for alcohol.
Both mulled wine and mulled cider are incredibly easy to make; simply pour the wine or cider (or grape/apple juice if making non-alcoholic versions) into a large heavy-bottomed pan, add the spices and fruit, and then gently heat for 20 minutes. Serve with a cinnamon stick, and a slice of fruit, and rejoice in the fact that winter is a beautiful season, and the cold really isn’t so bad after all!