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’Tis the season for shorter days, colder weather and holiday parties! Whether you’re attending a gathering or hosting a soiree of your own, this Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe with Brandy and Cinnamon from The Spruce will surely be a hit. The warm brew combines the enticing taste—and antioxidant benefits—of red wine with festive (and anti-inflammatory!) ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Add a dash of brandy for a little extra sweetness, and let the winter festivities begin! —Jasmine Brown

Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe With Brandy and Cinnamon

Yields 4-6 servings

1 bottle red wine (suggested: cabernet, merlot, zinfandel)
1 orange (peeled and sliced; keep peel to add zest)
1/4 cup brandy
8 to 10 cloves
1/3 cup honey or sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker, adding orange zest to taste. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling) for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir occasionally, making sure the honey or sugar has dissolved completely. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended, ladle into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!

 

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