I’ve been wanting to try mulled wine all year. Hot spiced wine sounds so cozy and delicious and warm the way it’s described in the Song of Ice and Fire books. I discovered hot toddies last year in Denver and they quickly became a favorite drink so I knew that mulled wine, which is basically a warmed sangria, would be my kind of beverage.
I looked at a lot of recipes online and talked with my friend who has made it before. I knew I wanted to use up a bottle of Merlot we had been given (it’s the thought that counts but we couldn’t bring ourselves to drink Merlot unaltered!) and that I should use whole spices instead of ground. I most closely followed this recipe. Details below!
1 750 ml bottle of Merlot
3 tbs Bourbon
2 tbs honey
1 orange, rind peeled, segments separated
10 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1. Peel the rind off the orange and set it aside. Separate the orange into segments.
2. Pour the entire bottle of wine into a pot and turn the heat to low.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients adjusting the honey to taste.
4. Cook on low for about half an hour. You want the wine to get warm but never to boil because you’ll cook off the booze and that would be a tragedy!
5. Carefully ladle the mulled wine into glasses so that no whole spices or orange rind end up in the glasses. I put some orange segments and a cinnamon stick in mine to add to the flavor as I was drinking it.