MULLED WINE

hot wine

Even though this has been one of the crazier winters weather-wise (70 degrees in December? In Ohio?), the cold winds and snow can't stay away forever. All things considered, we love cozying up with our favorite wool socks, reading a good book and practicing what the Danish call hygge,

To make things just a little warmer, we've been making batches of mulled wine. First discovered by team Wonderfilled at the Christmas markets of Luxembourg (where it's called gluhwein), we've been on the search for the perfect recipe - not too fussy, made with easy-to-find ingredients, and soul-warmingly delicious.

Plus, it had to be fool proof. The tricky thing with making mulled wine is that you can't let it boil. When we found this recipe that uses a slow-cooker, we knew we were in business.

We're excited to share our favorite recipe for hot, mulled wine, first discovered here. Best served in your favorite mug, on a snowy day, with wonderful company. 

Slow cooker Mulled Wine

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle dry red wine
2 lemons, sliced into wheels
1 orange, sliced into half-wheels
1-2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise pods
1.5 cups sugar
1.5 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
3 ounces orange liqueur, like Grand Marnier

DIRECTIONS

1. (Can be done the night before) Prepare the spiced syrup by bringing the water to a simmer, then add the sugar, vanilla extract & the ground allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

2. Turn a six-quart slow cooker to the HIGH setting, and combine the spiced syrup with the bottle of red wine, citrus slices, cinnamon sticks & star anise pods. Give it a quick stir, then cover it and let it sit for about an hour, or when it starts to simmer.

3. Bring the slow cooker down to a LOW or WARM setting, add the orange liqueur and the mulled wine is ready to serve! 

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