This Homemade Mulled Wine is a warm and comforting drink during the holidays with friends. In the chilly days of winter, it is always welcome in our home. This recipe is one of our favorites; it’s super easy to make and makes a great gift for foe anyone for a holiday or any special occasion. I will locate a nice decorative bottle, label it and add some raffia or ribbon, and I am good to go.
Susan’s Homemade Mulled Wine
- 2 bottles of dry red wine
- 4 ounces ruby port or orange brandy
- 12 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- Optional: Garnish with Cinnamon sticks or freshly ground nutmeg
Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer. DO NOT BOIL. Simmer for 20 minutes then let the spices steep until desired strength of flavor is reached. Remove the spices and serve or chill the remaining mulled wine in a decorative bottle and warm when ready to serve.
Notes: A very low simmer is very important. The kind of red wine you use will make a difference in the taste. I prefer a heavier-bodied wine for this recipe because of the depth of flavors it imparts. I generally use an orange liquor such as Cointreau because of the orange flavor. I will actually heat a glass of this mulled wine in the microwave to warm for 45 to 60 seconds as a nice treat for myself.
This Homemade Mulled Wine is delightful for the unexpected guest on a cold and blustery night or by yourself in front of a fire. It’s especially nice for my guest when I hand them a bottle to take home as a gift. Enjoy.
Time to for a glass…
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