I have been under the weather this week and craving anything warm and comforting. What could be better than wine and warm spices? I've always wanted to make mulled wine. It is still too hot for it right now, but I can't wait to try this recipe next month!
Makes 8 drinks
- 1 navel orange
- 4 cups apple juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 bottle dry red wine
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the orange in long strips. (Reserve the fruit for another use.)
In a large saucepan, gently simmer the zest, apple juice, honey, ginger, allspice, and 2 cinnamon sticks for 20 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook just until heated through. Serve hot with the remaining cinnamon sticks.
Tip: For an extra touch, spike it with a splash of Cointreau. Add 1/4 cup Cointreau or some other orange-flavored liqueur to the pot.
(photo and recipe from realsimple.com)