Orange Spiced Mulled Wine

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A little sweet, earthy warm flavors and a mild pungent kick! This Orange Spiced Mulled Wine is so cozy and delicious. It also smells absolutely divine! Serve it warm or at room temperature, this mulled wine makes for a perfect holiday party drink.

The first time that we tasted warm wine was in Paris, way back in 2012. We were on a vacation. Since it was during Thanksgiving, you can imagine how cold it was. Every other lane that we walked by had this small shop or stall where a big pot of wine would be simmering away. At first, the idea of warm wine felt a little weird. But then one sip and I loved how beautifully it warmed up my palate.

Orange Spiced Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking #mulledwine #foodphotography #drinks Orange Spiced Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking #mulledwine #foodphotography #drinks

Honestly speaking, I can get a little lazy when it comes to making Mulled Wine or Sangria. I enjoy wine. And after a busy week, I would rather just pour myself a glass instead of making the wine more interesting. Having said that, every time I put in a little effort to make mulled wine, I say to myself – make it more often! Mulled wine is so tasty and flavorful. With little effort, it is such a quick way to uplift the essence of any wine.

ONE KEY NOTE – It’s extremely important to simmer the wine in medium low heat and DO NOT BOIL. If you bring the wine to boil, it will cook off all the alcohol.

Orange Spiced Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking #mulledwine #foodphotography #drinks

Orange Spiced Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking #mulledwine #foodphotography #drinks

On a different note, this is my very first blog post where I photographed the dish using artificial light and a flash. Natural Light is my comfort light, but this year was about getting out of comfort zone and I feel so happy that I bought that flash. I still love my natural light and definitely not completely going away from it, but also, really happy that now I have an option for artificial light too.

Orange Spiced Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking #mulledwine #foodphotography #drinks

Orange Spiced Mulled Wine

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 11 green cardamoms
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle red wine

Instructions

  1. Peel the orange and save the peel. Slice the orange. Thinly slice the ginger.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan, add the sugar, water, spiced ginger, all the spices, orange peel, half of the thinly sliced orange and an entire bottle of red wine.
  3. Mix it up and let it simmer in medium low heat for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally in between.
  4. Once done, let it cool down a bit. Strain the spiced wine into a big pitcher.
  5. Serve it warm or at room temperature, garnished with orange slices, cinnamon stick and a couple of star anise.

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  • Corrie
    January 5, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    I just found your blog and I am already in love with your recipes. I am loving this mulled wine without even tasting it. It looks so tasty!
    Can’t wait to try it out for my weekend dinner.
    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family Kankana!
    Cheers! 😀