Now that colder weather is finally here (last week we had several days that reached the upper 80s; global warming FTW!), my thoughts turn to holiday recipes. Mulled wine or cider is a perfect recipe for any fall or winter party. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s simple to make and easily doubled or tripled. The bonus is that it makes the house smell terrific for your party guests. I made this for trick-or-treating last night, and it was a big hit. (This recipe comes from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything.)
Mulled Wine or Cider
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Time: 15 minutes
- 1 bottle dry red wine or cider
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced, plus several orange slices reserved for garnish
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste
- 2 cloves
- 1 (3-inch) piece cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine the first six ingredients in a medium saucepan; turn the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until quite hot to the touch but not boiling. Strain out the solids and serve, garnished with fresh orange slices. Or leave to simmer on low to continue scenting the house.
- Seasonal recipes: 5 for apple cider (mnn.com)