This time of year, cocktails and wine may be flowing like water, but not all are created equal. Change up your usual chilled cocktail with a warm and toasty glass of mulled wine.
This traditional holiday drink, made by combining warm red wine with a variety of spices, is a great addition to a holiday party. Wine expert Eric Leue shares his favorite recipe.
1 liter of red wine
1/4 liter of port wine
200g brown sugar
1 sliced orange
half an sliced lemon (fully ripe)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
half a teaspoon of cardamon (ground)
200 ml of brandy
Heat the red wine over the stove, but do not let it boil. Add all of the ingredients except brandy and stir. While stirring, simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the alcohol has reduced in strength. Then, either remove all the spice bits or, if you want them to get stronger, leave them in.
Just before serving add the brandy and mix well - voila!
Note: For the red wine, think about how strong you would like to taste--pinot noir will make it lighter, cabernet cuvees will make it stronger.