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A Cheery Holiday Wine Drink

Looking for a new holiday drink to add to your party repertoire?  How about one that combines your love for delicious holiday cheer with your love for delicious wine?  Try this recipe for Hot Mulled Wine, similar to the traditional German Glühwein.  Bonus: since you’re changing the flavor anyway, you don’t need to use an expensive bottle.  Also, the recipe isn’t strict: you can vary it depending on taste, so if you don’t have one of the spices on hand, don’t sweat it.

Recipe for Hot Mulled Wine:Picture 2

1 bottle of red wine

3 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

4 whole allspice

2 whole star anise

2/3 cup sugar

Peel from an orange and/or lemon

1/2 cup dark rum or brandy (optional)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients except the rum or brandy.  Bring to a low simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes.  Do not boil.  Remove from heat and add the rum or brandy.  Strain, serve, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange wedge.  Enjoy your mulled wine!

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