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Mulled Wine – Forralt Bor

by Clara Czegeny author of Helen’s Hungarian Heritage Recipes


1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine. (Hungarian, if possible)

1 orange, sliced into rounds.

8 whole cloves.

2 cinnamon sticks.

2 star anise.

2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)

optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)

Try variations – adjust cloves, cinnamon, and anise.

Try white wine, fruit juice or cider

Create your own!

We usually take tour groups to Hungary during the summer or fall but in February 2018 we took a tour group to experience Winter Traditions in Hungary. I don’t love, love winter but I will say that being in Hungary during the winter was very fun and even magical! We visited several outdoor festivals and forralt bor was all around. And it was pretty amazing. In 2019, we are hosting a Christmas Market Tour in Hungary and I am thrilled that Forralt Bor will probably be a daily opportunity. If you want more information on the tour, be sure to contact me at  ~ Liz