Mulled Wine


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…

Ingredients

1 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)

Directions

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!!!

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