How to make Autumn in a glass;
1 bottle red wine (750ml) – use an inexpensive fruity red that’s on the sweet side try Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel or yellow tail Sangria
3 cups unsweetened apple cider
1/4 cup honey
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
4-5 star anise
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon, fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 cup brandy
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, slice
cranberries (optional for garnish)
1 small orange sliced
Combine wine, cider and honey into a pot or slow cooker and heat over low to medium heat.
Place cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, star anise, cloves and ground nutmeg in a small sauce pan and roast over medium heat for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add spices to wine mixture and continue to heat for about 25-30 minutes, making sure it doesn’t come to a boil and stirring occasionally to make sure the honey dissolves.
When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve.
Just before serving add brandy and about 1 cup of the sliced fruit to the mulled wine(reserve remaining for garnish). Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and a cinnamon stick, a few cranberries and some of the sliced fruit to each glass for garnish, and enjoy!
Mulled wine can be left on the stove to heat for many hours. It can also be stored in the fridge and reheated the next day.
Image and recipe courtesy of; http://tidymom.net/2014/mulled-wine/