Winter Hot Mulled Wine

 While the holidays may be over and all the decorations put away, the winter cold isn't going to go anywhere anytime soon! This Hot Mulled Wine recipe is one that you can enjoy throughout the winter season. The recipe originally came to be as one of those of unusual, blessed occurrences where you try to follow a recipe, only to find that you have made several key errors and that, despite all indications to the contrary, it has turned out absolutely delicious. Since that doesn't happen in our kitchen very often, I am more than happy just going to go with the flow here. Tommy calls this recipe "All-But-Kitchen-Sink Mulled Wine" and once you read the recipe I think  you will agree with him!

 On Christmas Eve we were looking for a festive drink to imbibe in to celebrate our recent engagement (much more on that later!!). We have had a beautiful bottle of California Merlot sitting for months in our pantry, and as I do not enjoy drinking Merlot (way too dry!), we hadn't had the opportunity to use it. Out of curiosity and a bit of whimsy we decided that we would try out a Mulled Wine recipe Tommy had found online.  It was late at night, grocery stores were closed, and with dinner was almost ready, it was clear that there would be no last minute shopping for ingredients. We would just have to use what we had on hand. You'll appreciate this fact more after reading the recipe!

What started as a creative endeavor turned out to be a delicious, sweet, spice filled drink that we will be sipping on all winter long! If you have never tried Winter Hot Mulled Wine before, I highly recommend you start with this recipe. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and should be served hot. Yummy!

Winter Hot Mulled Wine
750 ml of Merlot or other dry red wine
1 lemon, sliced
1 large orange, sliced
2 tsp clove
1 tsp cardamum
1 tsp coriander
2 tbsp
1 4-5 inch cinnamon stick
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 Brandy
1/4 Tequila
  1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan. Heat thoroughly, but do not allow to boil
  2. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves 
  3. Pour through a strainer to remove fruit slices, and cinnamon stick
  4. Serve hot!

Yes, the recipe is literally that easy! Its a great way to spice up any extra wine  leftover from the holidays in a new and interesting way. So next time your cuddling up on a cold winter's night, make yourself  warming glass of Hot Mulled Wine and stay warm this season! Until next time...



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