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Spiced Citrus Mulled Wine Three Ways

Mulled wine is a holiday classic enjoyed by many European traditions, and a flavorful way to warm up any cool evening. At its base is a bottle of dry red wine, lemon and orange, and spices. Just what spices you add will create whole new nuances for you – and your guests – to enjoy.
Course Drinks

Ingredients
  

All Versions:

  • 1 bottle red wine Pinot Noir, Claret or Cabernet Sauvignon work well
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/4 cup brandy

Traditional Version:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • pinch of nutmeg

Maple Citrus Version:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup

Honey Pepper Version:

  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 10 whole black peppercorns

Instructions
 

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the peel from the lemons, and orange if applicable, in long strips.
  • Combine all ingredients except brandy and nutmeg, if applicable, in a large saucepan over a medium setting.
  • Allow it to heat to just under a boil, and then lower the temperature.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer without boiling for at least 15 minutes, and up to 2 or 3 hours if desired.
  • Strain out the spices and citrus peel.
  • Garnish with lemon and/or orange slices.

Notes

Notes: Serve warm, preferably in a glass or decorative mug with a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
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