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Mulled wine is one of those drinks that say 'holiday season.' Its deep, red hue and spicy, fruity flavours make this boozy beverage a hit during the festive season, but it's also great to have during cool weather months. It's a basic combination of red wine, oranges, brandy, sweetener, and spices, and can be tweaked depending on your mood and what's in your kitchen.
You can follow the recipe below or use the twist from Nordic chef Jaakko Sorsa's (formerly of Scandinavian restaurant Finds) glögg recipe (Nordic mulled wine) or The Old Man bartender Lucas Fialin's rendition.
What you'll need:
2 bottles red wine
1/2 cup brandy
honey (to taste)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
12 allspice berries or 12 cloves
4 whole star anise
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
nutmeg (grated) and cinnamon sticks for garnish
How to make the drink:
1) Juice one orange, and slice the other orange into rounds.
2) Place a saucepan in medium heat and add in all the ingredients.
3) Heat until the wine is almost simmering. Set heat to low, cover, and let the mixture simmer for at least 15 minutes. Pour into glasses and garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.