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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Peel the orange and save the peel. Slice the orange. Thinly slice the ginger.
- 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.
- Mix it up and let it simmer in medium low heat for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally in between.
- Once done, let it cool down a bit. Strain the spiced wine into a big pitcher.
- Serve it warm or at room temperature, garnished with orange slices, cinnamon stick and a couple of star anise.
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