Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine for two with honey spoons, orange wedges, and cinnamon sticks.

Close up of star anise floating on top of mulled wine

Portrait shot of mulled wine for two people.

Overhead shot of a warm glass of spiced wine.

Welcome to Friday happy hour! On Fridays we’re going to post about adult beverages of all stripes, colors, flavors, potencies, and combinations. Wine. Beer. Spirits. Liqueurs. Bitters. Everything from A to Z, from absinthe to Zucca–and we’re going to start heady, hot, and old-school with mulled wine.

Messing around with drinks has long been a hobby of mine. This mulled wine is pretty much a potent warm sangria, potent spice-wise and booze-wise. When the polar winds blow or the flakes start to fall, put on this nice wine blanket.

Here’s what you need:

750 ml cheap Pinot Noir (Pinot is good for its smoke, but any red will work)

4 cinnamon sticks

Juice of one orange

Juice of one lemon

2 shots brandy

1 shot honey (1.5 shots if you’ve got a sharp sweet tooth like Allie!)

Pinch of nutmeg

3-4 Star Anise (optional; adds a baroque fennel-like spice)

What to do: Combine in a pot. Stir. For 15 minutes, simmer so low and slow that only an occasional lazy bubble is barely able to straggle up and break the surface. (We don’t want the alcohol to evaporate!) That’s all she wrote. Makes 4 awesome drinks.

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