Mulled wine

Put your glasses up and say cheers to a New Year with aromatic mulled wine

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle red wine (750ml) Merlot

3 cups unsweetened apple cider

1/4 cup brandy

1/4 cup honey

1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise

4 star anise

3-4 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 cup sliced citrus (combination of lemon, orange, and lime)

NOTE: Inexpensive wine works best for mulled wines—the assortment of ingredients adds to its flavor and aroma.

PROCEDURE

  1. Place the wine, brandy, apple cider, and honey in a large pot on low-medium heat and bring to a low boil.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, cut vanilla bean, cloves, and star anise. Lower the temperature and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the assorted citrus slices just before serving.
  4. Serve warm in glass teacups. Add cinnamon sticks and citrus slices for garnish.

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