Hot wine is popular around the world. Almost every wine drinking country has its own version of hot wine with many names depending on which part of the world it comes from. It is a popular winter drink in many parts of Europe, mostly in Alpine countries.
Hot wine is usually red wine combined with spices and fruit and typically served warm. Historically, wine often went bad but by adding spices and honey, it could be made drinkable again. Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
During the holiday season throughout France there are Marche de Noels (Christmas Markets) where one can buy an assortment of things from local chocolates and wooden toys to vin chaud. Bring a little France into your home this holiday season by celebrating with this European holiday tradition!
Enjoy this wonderfully simple and delicious winter holiday drink enjoyed throughout France and Belgium.
- 1 gallon of cheap red wine. Believe it or not, cheap wine tastes best.
- Oranges (between 1/2 to 1 per glass)
- Honey (optional)
- Pour the desired amount of red wine into a pot. Turn the stove on to a relatively low heat. You want to warm the vin chaud rather than boil it. No need to cook out all the alcohol.
- Then, slice the orange into sections and add it to the pot. The number of oranges will depend on how much vin chaud you are planning on making. Orange peels tend to soak up much of the vin chaud, so best to take the peel off first.
- Warm on stove for about 10-15 minutes on low heat depending on the quantity of vin chaud you plan on making.
- If it’s not sweet enough, add more oranges. If you’d like to add an additional source of sweetness, add honey to taste.
Non-alcoholic hot wine can be made with fruit juices instead of wine.
Hosting a Holiday Event? Here’s a last minute checklist!
- A bottle of hand sanitizer to place by finger food.
- A stack of napkins or hand towels in the washroom.
- Names and telephone numbers of taxicabs in case one of your guests needs a safe ride home.
- Ice cubes!
- An evergreen scented candle to light for atmosphere.
- Safety salt for the front walkway in case of last minute ice.
- A variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
- A CD of your favourite holiday tunes to set the mood.
- The name and address of your favourite charity if you’re suggesting a donation instead of a gift.