Mulled wine dates back to medeival times when, interestingly enough, it was thought that drinking wine was healthier than drinking water. Regardless of your own thoughts on the health advantages (or disadvantages) of drinking wine, mulled wine is a delicious treat to serve at any winter party. It is easy to prepare in advance (simply heat before serving) and it is guaranteed to warm up your guests. Be sure to use a decent red wine but don't feel like you need to use the most expensive of wines either since you will be adding lots of other flavors. Many recipes call for very dry wine and others say to use a full-bodied, fruity wine. I say go with your favorite wine and you can't go wrong. Cheers!
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Mulled Wine


1 bottle red wine
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 nutmeg, cracked or 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 cloves
a 3-inch piece of cinnamon
sugar to taste (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Combine the first six ingredients in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until hot to the touch but not boiling. Add sugar if desired and stir to dissolve.

Strain out the solids and serve in heatproof mugs or glasses garnished with fresh orange slices.

Makes 4 to 6 servings



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You can use this same recipe to make mulled cider as well! Simply replace the red wine with the same quantity of apple cider and you're good to go!

Be sure to avoid letting the wine come to a boil as you are heating it. The flavors of the wine and seasonings will completely deteriorate if allowed to boil.

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