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Spiced Mulled Wine

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 45 mins
Yield

Serves 10 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Oven-drying orange slices gives them a longer shelf life, which is ideal for gift-giving. For a sweet homespun touch, hand-write the recipe on an old-fashioned recipe card.

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles zinfandel or other fruity dry red wine

Nutrition Information

  • calories 172
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 1 mg
  • calcium 10 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 200°.

  2. Arrange orange slices on a wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 200° for 3 hours or until dried.

  3. Combine peppercorns and next 5 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

  4. Combine orange slices, spice sachet, sugar, orange juice, and wine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat just to a simmer (do not boil). Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes. Discard sachet.