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How to Make Mulled Wine For the Holidays

Before you know it, friends and family will be gathering more than you probably expected or care to. Having a large pot of mulled wine warming on the stove when your guests arrive is one way to kick off the party, and it always puts your guests in a better mood. After the party, send everybody home with individually wrapped mulling spice bags to keep the holiday cheer going on their own. The recipe is simple, and can be put together in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine – I like to use this California red bend
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6x6 square of cheese cloth (optional)
  • Kitchen twine (optional)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 5 whole allspice berries
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated apples
  • Fresh orange slices

Combine water, sugar, spices and apples in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and slowly simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. If you place the spices loosely in the pan you will have to strain the mulled wine before serving — otherwise, bundle all \ the spices in cheesecloth, finishing it with baker's twine. The bag can steep in the wine over the stovetop and the mulled wine can be ladled directly from the pot.

Reduce the mixture to low and add in your wine. Heat until the wine is warmed through, but do not bring it to a boil.

Lay thick orange slices into glass mugs with cinnamon sticks. Ladle the wine into the mugs and serve warm.

Sit back and enjoy the taste, warmth and seasonal aromas this recipe has to offer.