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Mulled Red Cider

 Mulled Red Cider
Red wine gives a rosy glow to this warm beverage. The spices are a wonderful complement to both the wine and cider. —Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri
7 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon-sugar, optional
  • 1-3/4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) dry red wine

Directions

  • If desired, moisten the rims of seven mugs with water. Sprinkle
  • cinnamon-sugar on a plate; dip rims in cinnamon-sugar. Set mugs
  • aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks and
  • cloves. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add wine and heat through. Remove from the heat. Cover and steep for
  • 10 minutes; strain. Serve in prepared mugs. Yield: 7 servings (3/4
  • cup each).
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (calculated without cinnamon-sugar garnish) equals 163 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.