Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet Mulled Wine

If you're anything like me, you like a glass of wine on holidays.  Nothing eases the tension of half dozen family members vying for the last piece of turkey like a good glass of vino.  My biggest complaint with wine is that it isn't sweet enough. My sweet tooth is so bad it has cavities.  I love sugar. So it isn't surprising that I'm bringing you a sweet mulled wine recipe.  The flavors are rich, sweet, and comforting...almost as comforting as the slight buzz you'll get after finishing the bottle.

What You Need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine. I prefer to use a Cabernet Sauvignon (Yellow Tail is a good choice)
  • 1 small orange or tangerine
  • 1-2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Pour the entire bottle of red wine into a pot. Set the heat to medium.  cut the orange/tangerine in half and squeeze the juice into the wine (don't worry about the seeds going into the wine, you'll strain it later).  After the juice is squeezed put the halves into the pot as well.  Add the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves (this part is subjective. If you like a spicier...more harvest inspired wine, then add more cinnamon and cloves. If you like it less spicy, then add less).  When the wine is warm add the brown and white sugar, Again, add as much or as little sugar as you like.  Heat the wine until it's steaming slightly (do not boil).  Reduce heat to low and keep on the stove for at least 2 to 3 hours.  When done, pour thru a strainer into a carafe or back into the original bottle if you have a funnel.  The last bit that pours out the pot may be thick (due to the sugar).
You can drink it right away or store it in the fridge until you are ready to break out the sweet goodness.  Serve it warm or over ice.  Make sure to shake well before serving to mix the thicker sugar back into the wine.

Oh, and yeah...I know this is similar to Sangria.

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