Varené Víno Recipe

Varene vino recipe

January 12, 2018

Allan Stevo

Bring a cup of water and a half cup of sugar to a boil and stir until sugar is well dissolved and forms a syrup.

Add, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 6 whole cloves, 2 bay leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground nutmeg, 6 dried juniper berries, one vanilla pod, one whole star anise, 1 tablespoon fresh ground fresh ginger, 3 whole allspice, 3-4 large pieces of lemon zest, 6-8 large pieces of orange zest.

Stir the syrup continuously for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add two bottles of red wine. Warm, but do not boil, the wine.

Allow to cool a bit. Correct for sweetness.

Notes:
Never allow the wine to boil.
Strain before serving.
For white wine, I recommend you remove some of the spices, leaving vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and a few other spices of your choosing.
Cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla are spices that I consider necessary for white wine. Cinnamon and cloves are necessary for red wine. The rest can be played with.
Honey, or a sweet fruit juice such as apple juice can replace the sugar.
To strengthen the alcohol – add some gin or borovicka (for a festive flavor) or a little vodka.
To dilute the alcohol – use more water.
To sweeten the drink – add more honey or sugar.
When a wine is warmed, some of the natural wine flavors that tasted good at room temperature get a little too strong. This is why a lot of sugar may be needed in a varene vino.

Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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