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Mulled Wine Cordial

Give festive bottles of your own mulled wine to family and friends this Christmas season. They'll love it! You might want to double the recipe and keep a bottle on hand for parties at home, too. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    22 servings (1-1/2 ounces each)

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup brandy
  • Ice cubes, optional

Directions

  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove colored layer of peel from orange and lemon in strips, leaving the white pith. Cut fruit crosswise in half; squeeze juice into a large saucepan.
  • Add wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and citrus peels to pan. Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into wine mixture. Cook over medium-low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely. Let stand, covered, 24 hours.
  • Strain wine, discarding solids. Stir in brandy. Pour into glass bottles; seal tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 week. If desired, serve over ice.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 ounces: 70 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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