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The Drink of the Week: Mulled Wine

The Drink of the Week: Mulled Wine

Forrest Miller – Muze Staff Writer

With Thanksgiving just 6 days out, most of us are still wondering where this year went.  While we cherish the holidays, we also look forward to them with some level of dread.  Holidays are a lot of work and usually involve those stressful visits from the in-laws.  Never fear, drinking is the answer.  Providing a few select beverages during family functions can often keep the family functioning during the holidays by putting a nice, relaxed, boozy gloss over any familial tensions.

Usually, every week Muze Magazine offers a featured cocktail.  This week we stray a little bit away from cocktails since wine is a more traditional choice for the holidays.  However, to add extra holiday pizzazz, this week’s featured drink will be a recipe for mulled wine.  Mulled wine is a spiced wine served hot, perfect for the holidays when the family is looking to drink something warm, cozy, and that goes well with the turkey dinner.

There are a lot of variations and methods when making mulled wine.  Some wine stores or grocery stores carry premade mixes.  Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking.  The main thing is that mulled wine should be simple to prepare and offer a warm, delicious, spiced and fruity flavor.

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine (the wine doesn’t have to be anything too fancy.  Something medium to full bodied works best.)
  • 1 large orange
  • a dash of cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (more to garnish, as desired)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup brandy (optional)

Directions:

Zest (grate) the orange peal and combine with the rest of the ingredients.  The best approach is to use a crockpot, although a large saucepan will work.  Stir occasionally and keep the heat at low or medium-low.  Do not bring to a boil or all the alcohol will burn off.  Allow about 30 minutes for the flavors to blend and for the wine to reach a suitably warm temperature.  Serve hot.

 

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