Turn up the warmth on your winter wine…
Spiced mulled wine is the perfect feel-good treat during a cold winter’s day. Spices like cinnamon and cloves provide a homey warmth to the wine, but you could add some real spiciness too. A small amount of cayenne pepper powder added during the simmering process can ramp up that homey spice. It’s still a friendly level of heat, especially if you keep it to a simple half a teaspoon. But obviously you can take things further than that if you’re a spicy food fan. This is one mulled wine that’ll warm you right up in no time flat.
- 1 bottle red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon works well)
- 2 cups apple cider
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- ¼ cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier works)
- 1 orange, sliced (peel on)
- 4 cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (or more depending on spice tolerance)
- Star anise, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks (garnish)
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the red wine, agave nectar, apple cider, orange liqueur, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cayenne pepper.
- Stir occasionally, and once the mix reaches a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low. Allow the mulled wine to simmer for 30 minutes over medium-low.
- Remove the mulled wine from the heat and strain the wine to remove the oranges, cloves, and cinnamons sticks.
- Serve the mulled wine. Garnish with star anise, orange slices and cinnamon sticks.