...for mulled wine, apparently. Actually, a random conversation last night with one of my favorite people sparked my curiosity about mulled wine. Never had it, heard it's good. So I surfed the 'net to find a recipe.
A Modern yet Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe:
1 - 750 ml bottle of medium, to full, bodied red wine Nutmeg (to taste)
Cloves (to taste)
1 oz brandy or Cognac (or to taste)
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar (optional)
Herbal or citrus influenced tea (optional but excellent)
Water (optional softener instead of tea)
4 large cinnamon sticks
4 candy canes
Instructions for making four large portions
-Cut lemons and oranges into slices.
-Pour the red wine into saucepan and gradually heat.
-Add fruit slices, nutmeg, cloves and brandy.
-Keep an eye on the mixture and wait until it becomes hot to the touch.
-At this point you could blend in sugar or water (if desired).
-Pour into glasses/mugs and add tea (to taste).
-Garnish with cinnamon stick and candy cane.
I found this recipe at http://www.thewineman.com/mulled_ns.htm. There are all sorts of neat suggestions, such as to NOT boil the wine, and instructions on pre-mixing this and heating it by the glass in the microwave. Once it actually gets cold enough here to have some, I'll try this recipe. Oh, wait, it NEVER gets cold here! I almost forgot!!!!!