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Mmmmm, ’tis the season for mulled wine!

For those cold nights or winter campfires, a pot of simmering mulled wine can warm you up. It’s also one of the easiest recipes for winter entertaining.  Here’s a simple recipe from www.gimmesomeoven.com, why not grab a bottle of our wine and try it out?

What you’ll need:

  • Wine: Red or white, you pick.  Doesn’t have to be expensive, since the mulling spices and citrus will be the dominant flavors here.
  • Citrus: Oranges (or clementines) are classic here, but feel free to add lemons or limes for color.
  • Cinnamon: Can use the sticks, but you could also use some ground cinnamon if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Other spices: These vary from country to country, but I cloves and star anise are my favorites, plus occasionally a few pods of cardamom.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add your favorite sweetener to taste.  Sugar is classic, but you could try a few tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.  (Or skip sweetening all together).
  • Extra liqueur: Similar to sangria, it’s also traditional to spike your mulled wine with an extra bit of liqueur, if you’d like.  Try a bit of brandy, but any favorite liqueur will do here.  (Or again, you can nix this step too.)

Now, combine all the ingredients together in a crock pot or stove, just make sure it doesn’t boil (so you don’t accidentally lose the alcohol).  Just simmer for at least 15 minutes, or up to 3 or 4 hours, so that all of those delicious flavors can come together.  Then strain out the spices, and serve warm…yum!

Here’s a video from gimmesomeoven.com on making her batch: