Winter entertaining made easy
Mulled wine is a traditional winter beverage that is made all over the world and is called by different names. It's kind of like a winter alternative to Sangria, in my opinion.
I first had Mulled wine back in New York City and fell in love with the delicate flavors that the spices added to the wine. Plus, it is always nice to hold a hot beverage in your hands to sip during cold, winter months.
The best part about Mulled wine is that it can be tweaked to your taste. Simply add spices & spike up with liqueur of your choice and you've got yourself a deliciously boozy winter bev to enjoy by the fire.
Dry Red Wine - 1 bottle
Orange - 1, sliced
Star Anise - 2
Cloves - 3-4
Cinnamon Stick - 1 or more
Cardamom - 1
Maple syrup - 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - a splash
Grand Marnier or cognac or liqueur of your choice - 1/4 cup
Add about 1 cup of red wine into a sauce pan on low heat
Add in the orange slices, spices, maple syrup, vanilla extract, Grand Marnier and simmer for a few minutes.
Empty the rest of the bottle into the sauce pan and give it a mix. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Turn off stove, close lid (you do not want the alcohol to evaporate) and allow the mixture to sit for an hour or more.
Strain using a fine mesh strainer into serving mugs using a ladle and top with your favorite garnishes.
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Use any inexpensive dry wine for this recipe, there is no need to splurge here
I prefer using whole spices for this recipe. Few other spices you can use are ginger, nutmeg and more cinnamon sticks
I love using Cardamom pods for this recipe. Cardamom can be overpowering so just use one or two.
You can use coconut palm sugar or raw sugar or even honey instead of maple syrup
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