Several years ago, my husband and I had hot mulled wine while in Leavenworth, Washington during the holidays. It was the most perfect drink for the cold, snow-filled night… the rich red wine was accented with cinnamon, citrus, and cloves. I was determined to find a way to make it myself! The truth is, it’s incredibly easy. I find you can also get away using inexpensive bottles of wine, too. This would be a delicious treat for guests at a holiday party, plus it makes your kitchen smell magical!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One bottle of red wine (I’m using Barefoot Wines Rich Red Blend – one of my favorites to use for this recipe)
- One orange*
- One lemon*
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (you can tweak this a bit, depending on how sweet you’d prefer)
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 8-10 whole cloves
Start by grabbing a sturdy pot for the stove.
Pour your bottle of wine into that pot! Simmer on low. Remember, you don’t want this to boil (lest you remove all the alcohol from it).
I sliced up my orange and lemon. Take the cloves and secure them into the orange.
Now normally I don’t fret too much here, but since these slices (with rinds) are going into my mulled wine recipe, I decided to opt for organic.
Add the studded, sliced oranges, some sliced lemon, the cinnamon sticks and brown sugar. I also like to add a splash of Triple Sec (this is optional). Let it simmer on low heat for a good 30 minutes. Adjust sugar to taste.
Serve hot! I like serving mine in these wine tumblers I got at Costco earlier this year (and I just happened to noticed they had them back in stock this December – just $19.99 for 4). They keep the wine nice and toasty hot. Of course, if you don’t have wine tumblers – any mug or thermos will do. Enjoy!
Looking for another festive winter drink? Try this: