Cocktail Hour: Mulled Wine

Mulled WineMulled wine is one of my favorite holiday traditions. The wine, the spice, the warmth, the aroma, the wine. It’s just so delicious. I particularly love Ina Garten’s recipe because she adds some apple cider to the mix. I’ve made mulled wine in the past with just wine and spices and it gets a bit heavy. The apple cider adds nice flavor while lightening it up.

Mulled Wine (adapted from Ina Garten)

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle of red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
1/4 cup honey
10 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced for garnish

Combine the cider, wine, honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange slice and cinnamon stick to each mug and serve. Serves 8.


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