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Easy Mulled Wine

Easy Mulled Wine

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday cocktail, mulled wine
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 drinks

This easy mulled wine recipe is on my holiday absolute-must list. Don't miss out on this recipe for any winter gatherings or parties.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine (zinfandel or merlot)
  • 1 cup pure cranberry juice any cranberry juice will work but if you use a 'cranberry cocktail' lower the amount of maple syrup you use
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 inch piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves try 1/4 tsp ground cloves if you don't have whole
  • Garnishes: cranberries, rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks, orange slices from the pot of mulled wine
  • Optional: 1/3 cup bourbon, 2-3 cardamom pods

Instructions

  1. Pour wine, cranberry juice and maple syrup into a medium pot and stir to mix. Add bourbon if using.

  2. Slice ginger and orange and add to pot. Measure spices and add to pot.

  3. Once all ingredients are in the pot, bring to a simmer over medium heat (look for small bubbles starting to rise to the surface - should take about 5 minutes). Then reduce to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.

  4. Serve warm with garnishes.

Recipe Notes

  • Any cranberry juice will work but if you use a 'cranberry cocktail' lower the amount of maple syrup you use
  • Need a non-alcoholic version? Try making this recipe by replacing the wine with cranberry juice too.