Mulled wine

Call it my holiday (pick one, I don’t care which) gift to you.  I hesitate to say this is a recipe – and I certainly have no intention of doing it up proper – more like ‘a thing you should do with wine.’  Anyways, you will need:

  • Bottle of wine (I’ve been using red.  Also, the only thing I know about wine is that there is ‘red’ and ‘white’ so I will not be making further suggestions for what type of wine you should use.  Maybe something sweet and/or cheap?)
  • 1/4 cup of Scotch, though I’ve also used Bourbon.  Other spirits – brandy, maybe rum – should work as well.  Experiment.
  • Sugar.  Success so far with white and brown.  To taste, so anywhere from a teaspoon to a ‘scoop.
  • Spices: I usually put in a few shakes from the cinnamon bottle, and a dash of nutmeg.  Try others.
  • 1 orange, peeled and split into four pieces.  Other fruit should also be tried.  Pears seem like a good candidate to me.

Dump ingredients into a pot and heat on low to medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring regularly.  Don’t let it boil.  For serving you will need to strain or filter it somehow, as there will be spices and orange bits floating around in there.  Serve warm, in mugs.  Roaring fires etc optional, but make a nice garnish.

I’ve decided that if I’m going to live in New England and get snowed in, I might as well be drinking cozy drinks.  Do a Google/Wikipedia search for more ideas on this one, and let me know if you have any success. 

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