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Heat Things Up

Dec 16, 2010
Heat Things Up
Make some mulled wine as the as the winter weather sets in.

beveragePurists do pretty much nothing to wine other than uncork, pour and sip. Even when the weather feels a too cold for wine, there are some who'd rather warm up with some Scotch than put their wine in a saucepan on the stove.

But when the weather nears freezing temperatures, we're more than happy to heat and spice up our wine. After all, making mulled wine is a wintertime tradition that spans several European countries and hundreds of years. So it can't be all bad.

With that, here's a recipe for mulled wine we found that's very enjoyable on a winter night:

Ingredients (one serving):
• 4 oz. red wine
• 1 oz. port
• 1 oz. water
• 1 tsp. sugar
• 1 tsp. lemon juice
• 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
• 1 pinch freshly ground cinnamon
• 1 clove

For the red wine, use a robust Cabernet, Merlot or Syrah that you know and trust--but not an overly expensive one. For the port, go for a basic, affordable choice such as Sandeman's Founders Reserve ($15). (Some people also like to use brandy instead of port, and use brown sugar instead of regular sugar.)

Heat all the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove--but not to the point of boiling. Once the mixture is hot, strain all the ingredients into a mug or coffee cup.

Have a recipe of your own that you like? Share it with us below.


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