Spicy Mulled Wine

Ingredients

  • 1 quart red wine
  • 1 cup port wine or 1 cup rum or 1 cup brandy
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise in half
  • 5 cardamom pods optional
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (Or use a whole orange cut in 1/2)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated use the whole lemon cut in 1/2
  • 1/4 cup of hibiscus flowers, sugar to taste or Simple syrup - see recipe

Garnish

  • Almonds, blanched
  • Raisins
  • Cranberries

Directions

  1. Bring the wine, port, water, vanilla, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, orange peel or whole orange cut in half, lemon peel or whole lemon cut in half, Egyptian Red flowers and sugar to a simmer in a nonreactive saucepan.
  2. Or place in a slow cooker on low for 1-2 hours.
  3. Simmer the mixture slowly for 15 minutes
  4. Strain and place into Heat resistant punch bowl or keep in crock pot and keep on low.
  5. Place 1 blanched almond and several raisins or fresh cranberries in the bottom of each punch glass.
  6. Pour the warm wine mixture over and serve.