Mulled Red Wine

Mulled Red Wine

The addition of kirsch gives this a really rich, fruity flavor.

         
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Ingredients

  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 (3- by 1/2-inch) strips fresh lemon zest
  • 4 (4- by 1/2-inch) strips fresh orange zest
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup kirsch or other cherry-flavored brandy
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • Cheesecloth to wrap spices

Instructions

Put cloves, peppercorns, and zest on cheesecloth, then tie closed to form a bag.
Combine wine, kirsch, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and cheesecloth bag in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring.
Simmer 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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