It's that time of year again: so many parties and so little time to prepare. Instead of buying many different bottles of wine for your guests, why not make a mulled wine or spiced apple cider for them to enjoy. Mulled wine is heated spiced wine that is traditionally made with red wine. It's is a great way to stay warm this winter, and you can make big batches for everyone to enjoy.
I first tried mulled wine at Snooth’s holiday party at Ayza Café & Wine Bar . I'm not a fan of cider or other 'spiced' drinks, so was not expecting to enjoy it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Sufficiently so to write a post singing its praises a week later.
Mulled wine has the perfect blend of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. You can use your favorite red wine, and tailor the recipe to your liking. The best part about mulled wine is that parents can make a non-alcoholic version with apple cider for the kids. It's an inexpensive way to serve wine at holiday parties. I'll be serving it at some holiday parties this year. Lets see if the guests enjoy it as much as I did.
Mulled wine recipe : serves 8
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom pods
3 black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine such as Côtes du Rhône
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
1 small orange, thinly sliced
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
Wrap cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cloves in cheesecloth and tie with string. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 5-quart heavy pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add spice bag, wine, vanilla bean, and fruit. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.
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