Use Your Microwave Oven To Make Mulled Wine or Mulled Apple Cider

Both mulled wine and mulled apple cider are absolutely divine on a cold winter’s night. They chase away the chill in a most flavorful way. The microwave oven makes preparation of these traditional winter drinks quick and easy. Here are my recipes for each.

elements For Mulled Cider

32 ounces of plain, pure apple cider or apple juice

12 whole cloves

2 cassia cinnamon sticks

1 three-inch piece of fresh ginger, about the thickness of your thumb

6 whole allspice berries

2 tablespoons of whole mace (substitute 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg if you can’t find the mace)

1/2 cup of good quality bourbon (neglect the bourbon if you want a kid friendly spiced apple cider)

Directions

Slice the ginger, with the peel nevertheless on. Gently smash the allspice berries, just enough to crack the outer shell. You may do this with a mortar and pestle or with the bottom of a heavy skillet.

Pour the apple cider into a large, microwave safe container. Add the sliced ginger, smashed allspice berries, cloves, cinnamon sticks and mace. Microwave the combination at 50% strength until hot, but not boiling. This should take between 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the wattage of your microwave oven. Stir well to spread the flavors. You could add the bourbon then strain and serve the apple cider at this point, but there is a way to extract more flavor if you have a bit of time to spare. You could allow the cider to steep for 30 minutes. Then reheat before adding the bourbon and straining.

elements For Mulled Wine

1 750 ml bottle of dry red wine (I like to use Merlot or Shiraz)

1 orange

1 two-inch piece of fresh ginger, about the thickness of your thumb

12 whole cloves

2 cassia cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons of whole mace (or substitute 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg if you don’t have the mace)

1/4 cup of honey (I think orange blossom honey is best in this recipe, but any honey will do)

Directions

Slice the orange and ginger, leaving the skins on both. Those skins have a lot of basic oils and flavors that you want to take advantage of.

Put all elements into a microwave safe container. Red wine can stain plastic, especially once heated. Keep this in mind when choosing your container.

Microwave at 50% strength until hot, but not boiling. This should take between 2 to 3 minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave oven is. Stir to combine all the flavors. Just like the cider, you could strain and serve closest, or you could let the wine and spices steep for 30 minutes before reheating and straining.

Any leftover mulled wine or cider should be refrigerated.

The Best Microwave Oven For Making Mulled Cider or Mulled Wine

Ideally you will want a microwave oven with inverter technology, since these are the only ones capable of achieving a true 50% strength. Most microwave ovens set to 50% strength simply alternate between 100% strength and 0% strength. Models with inverter technology truly lower the strength output to the set level. This provides much more already cooking and less hot spots. You can use a normal microwave for these recipes, but exercise additional caution around the heated beverages, as they will be more inclined to overheated spots. Visit Microwave Oven Reviews to find the best microwave oven for making mulled cider or mulled wine plus so much more. You’ll also find more great free microwave recipes to help you get the most out of your microwave oven.

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