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 TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
Makes22 servings (1-1/2 ounces each)
- 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
- 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.