It's this time of year, that we bring dear friends to out kitchen table a little more often, sharing with them delicious treats and flagrant drinks such as cranberry orange mulled wine. With a welcoming perfume that greets guest when entering our home, during holidays, this sweet, spiced red wine infused with oranges and cranberries, releases warm aromas of cinnamon and cloves.
I started with a simple and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has vivacious flavors and brights notes of black cherries. Then, I added honey and sweet spices such as cinnamon and cloves. In addition, the fresh oranges and cranberries infuse subtle citrus undertones to the overall finish.
Allow the wine to warm, over low heat, for an hour or so before its ready, so that the scents aromatically erupt while heated. While it warms on the stove, your house will be filled with cozy and warm flavors that are so soothing. There isn't anything more decent yet so simple to make as mulled wine.
As your guest start to arrive, ladle the mulled wine into mugs or heatproof glasses and serve it with slices of fresh oranges. This is the perfect drink to enjoy with your friends and family on Christmas or as a warm treat for this year holiday party.
Yield: 8-10 servings Time: 1 hour
- 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 oranges, sliced
- In a large pot, over medium heat, bring the wine, orange juice, cranberry juice and honey to a low simmer.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, one sliced orange and fresh cranberries and warm over low heat for about 1 hour, taking care not to allow the wine to boil to avoid cooking the alcohol.
- Ladle the wine into mugs or heatproof glasses, slip a sliced orange into each mug and serve warm.
Tips and Tricks:
- Mulled wine can be left on the stove to warm for many hours.
- Mulled wine can also be stored in refrigerator and reheated the next day.