Mulled Wine, a warming winter concoction, is a unanimous favorite during colder months. It's prepared by heating red wine with an array of spices like cinnamon, star anise, cloves and adding citrus slices for a tangy appeal. It's primarily consumed during holidays and customary wine-tasting events to combat the chill.
This aromatic beverage isn't only a cherished tradition in Europe but is gaining traction globally. It can be easily concocted at home and can be tweaked to your preference. Serve Mulled Wine steaming hot and invite a waft of comfort during frosty nights.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does Mulled Wine expire?
Store-bought mulled wine, if unopened, can be stored for up to two years as long as it's stored in a cool, dark place. This is because the alcohol acts as a preservative. But once opened, it's best to consume the mulled wine within 1-2 days. If you have homemade mulled wine, opt to consume it quickly within a couple of days. If you don't get to it soon enough, you can freeze your mulled wine as ice cubes or in a freezer-safe container, and it will last for up to six months.
How do you tell if Mulled Wine is bad?
If mulled wine has gone bad, the first sign would be a sour smell, resembling vinegar. Secondly, the taste would also be noticeably sour or tart, different from its original sweet and spicy taste. A change in colour might be a sign as well. If you spot any mold, it's definitely time to discard it.
Tips for storing Mulled Wine to extend shelf life
• Always keep your mulled wine sealed tightly after opening to reduce contact air exposure. This ensures it keeps fresh for longer.
• If you anticipate not drinking it right away, storing it in smaller bottles can slow down the oxidation process.
• Don't store mulled wine near heat or light sources to protect it from heat and light damage which could impact its flavour.
• Freezing mulled wine is a great option for long-term storage. You can use ice cube trays for portion control. Simply thaw out your mulled wine cubes in the fridge or reheat lightly on the stove when ready to consume.
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