Monday, December 24, 2007

Punch Recipes: mulled red wine

see post: Let's Get Punchy
Mulled Red Wine
8 whole cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole star anise
4 strips (3x1/2 inch strips) fresh lemon zest
4 strips (3x1/2 inch strips) fresh orange zest
* put all of the above on a square of cheesecloth and tie to close, leaving string to dangle over edge of pot

4 cups dry red wine (two 750 ml bottles)
1/2 cup kirsch or other cherry flavored brandy
1 1/2 cups apple cider
3/4 cup honey
Juice from Oranges that were used for zest
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
Combine all of the above in a 4 qt saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. Keep at a simmer, serve warm.

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