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Mulled Wine

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Cooking Time:

15 minutes

Yield:

4 to 5 people

Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle Virginia red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large cinnamon sticks

Directions

Pour red wine into a stainless steel saucepan and gradually heat.  Never boil!
In another saucepan, heat the water to a near boil and slowly stir in the sugar until dissolved.
Add spices to the sugar water, then add this mixture to the saucepan of red wine.  Cover the simmering mixture for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse. Be sure to check the concoction at regular intervals to see if the taste suits you.
You can always add more sugar or spice as the mixture is brewing.
Pour liquid into Irish coffee cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks.  Serves four to five people.

(You can also add fruit to this recipe, including finely grated zest of 1/2 a lemon or 1 orange, but avoid the bitter white pith.  Or choose to add the freshly squeezed juice of about 1 or 2 oranges).