Mulled Wine Welcomes in a Busy Holiday Season
Welcome Wintery Friend. Here is my easy Mulled Wine Recipe, which is the perfect thing to have on hand for when friends pop over during the holidays.
The holidays are crazy. But even though I’m busy, I love to have people over to celebrate this sparkling time of year. One way that I make my friends know they’re welcome in our home is to offer them something warm and wonderful when they walk in.
This is a simple recipe for mulled wine. The warm winter spices in the mix fill your home with welcoming aromas so that your guests know they’re special.
And if you’re stressing about all the holiday insanity, even when you don’t have company over you should sit back, relax and sip on some mulled wine because:
Mulled wine makes everything better.
- 2 small oranges (clementine or tangerine)
- 2-750ml bottles of full bodied red wine (I usually use a basic merlot. It doesn’t have to be an expensive wine. In fact, I use one of those big cheap double-bottles.)
- 8 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish, optional)
- 2 tbsp whole allspice berries
- 2 tbsp whole cloves
- 10-15 whole peppercorns
- ¾ to 1 and ½ cups brown sugar
- a few glugs of brandy/cognac or orange liquor (optional)
- Use a paring knife to poke 8 or so holes into each orange. Put them into a large pot and then add everything else except for the brown sugar and brandy. Bring the pot just up to a simmer over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add ¾ cups of the brown sugar. Stir to dissolve. Taste. If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar.
- Put a fine mesh sieve over a big bowl. Pour the mulled wine through the sieve. If you’re serving it immediately, rinse out your pot (just so there aren’t any spice bits left clinging to the edges) and pour the wine back in.
- Put it over medium-low heat just until it is really warm again. Turn off heat and add the brandy/orange liqueur, if using. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick.
- If you’re not serving it immediately, let it cool a bit after straining and then use a funnel to pour it back into the original wine bottles. Push the corks in as far as you can and store them at room temperature for up to 4 days. To re-heat, pour the mulled wine into a large pot and then follow the instructions in step #3 above.
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