Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mulled Wine

My friend Sheri got a few bottles of Trader Joe's Three Buck Chuck Beaujolais and does not love it. Now she's got two bottles of wine she doesn't want to drink. I told her about this recipe I have that is great for wine you don't love, or any dry red wine. Also it's perfect for Christmas Eve.

2 bottles red wine
10 c. apple cider
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. whole cloves (plus extra for studding the orange)
2 tsp. whole allspice
2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, studded with cloves

Heat wine, cider, sugar, cloves, allspice, cinnamon to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stud oranges with cloves, quarter the oranges, then add to pot. Remove all seasoning except oranges, serve in mugs. Keep it on a low heat on the stovetop.

N.B. I like to use cheesecloth or a cut off toe of nylon stockings to put the cloves, allspice, and cinnamon in; this makes removing them very easy.


  1. I hope you use clean nylon stockings!!!


  2. Try adding whole cardamon and nutmeg as well. Reduce or remove the apple cider to make a wine instead of a wine punch.

  3. I can't wait to try with cardamom and nutmeg!