Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mulled Wine

recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 16 glasses
2-1.5 liter bottles sweet red wine 
( I used Sutter Home Sweet Red)
1 1/2 cup brandy
1 tablespoon whole cloves
6 cinnamon sticks (plus more for serving)
zest of 1 orange
juice of 3 oranges


In a large stockpot, pour wine and brandy and heat on medium heat. Add zest, juice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir and let simmer for 15 minutes.  Ladle into wine glasses and serve with a cinnamon stick.


Tips: 

  • You can add more orange juice if the drink seems to strong. Regular orange juice is just fine instead of fresh squeezed.  
  • To avoid ladling cloves into glasses, it might be easier to try putting them in a paper tea filter, or in some kind of strainer you may have, if not just keep an eye out for them. 
  • You can also use any kind of red wine.  I used Sutter Home's Sweet Red so I wouldn't have to bother with adding sugar and finding the right ratio. This wine is sweet enough on its own.