I had a sip of mulled wine years and years ago, and it obviously left an impression because I spent hours on the internet today trying to find a recipe that would come close to what I tasted. I ended up just mixing my own combination of spices and it turned out yum!!! I hope people enjoy it tomorrow at the New Year’s party. There’s something very comforting about drinking a warm spiced wine on a cold day…
Ingredients1 cup water 1/4 cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you like things) 1 tbsp brown sugar
5 cardamom pods, split open 5 cloves 2 sticks of cinnamon (~2-3 inches long) 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp allspice 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 1 orange, cut into thin slices with the skin on 750 mL red wine (I used a Carlos Rossi Burgundy)
1. Mix water, both sugars, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
2. In a heavy bottom saucepan or crock pot, add the water-spice mix, wine, orange slices, and vanilla bean. Heat this mix on low for about an hour (should not boil, just heat).
3. Strain (optional) and serve warm!!!