Post by Mystical Journey on Dec 15, 2011 16:25:19 GMT -8
When winter weather swirls in, nothing could be cozier than a toasty mug of mulled wine. Mulled wine, the vinefs version of a classic hot toddy, is a traditional holiday treat in many Old World countries. Mulled wines have been warming people for centuries, they are wines that have been sweetened, spiced and slightly heated - offering a delightful alternative to traditional coffees, ciders and toddyfs at holiday gatherings or just on a cold winter's night.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: ~One bottle (750 mL) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot) ~One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot) ~1/4 cup of brandy ~8-10 cloves ~2/3 cup honey or sugar ~3 cinnamon sticks ~1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted) >>Serves 4-6
To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!