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Posted By: Dan Petra
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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  20 minutes
Course: lunch/snacks


Other Info

servings: 2-4

Ingredients

U.S.

Ingredients

European

1 bottle

Red wine (semi-sweet)

1 bottle

6

Cloves (whole – optional)

6

10

Allspice (whole - optional)

10

2

Peppercorns (whole)

2

3

Cinnamon sticks

3

1

Mandarin orange (small - optional)

1

1

Apple (small)

1

¼ c

Water (optional)

60 ml

To taste

Honey

To taste


Directions

1. Pour wine into a medium saucepan and heat slowly over a medium-low flame.

2. As wine heats, add spices.

3. Wash thoroughly, and slice the apple and the orange. Add them to the wine.

4. When wine begins to steam – turn the heat down as low as it will go. Never let the wine boil!  

5. Let the wine absorb the flavor of the spices for at least 10 minutes. If the wine approaches boiling and your flame can’t be lowered turn the heat off and cover the wine to hold in the heat.

6. You can serve the wine after 10 min, or let it sit longer for spicier flavor. Taste before serving; add a bit of honey if needed (especially if using a dry or semi-dry wine) and/or water.

 

Notes:   This is a superb winter beverage. It takes no time or effort to prepare – though the spices can be hard to find in some smaller communities.

 

Variations: To make spiced white wine, use the same method – but vary the ingredients. To one bottle semi-sweet white wine, add 2 sticks cinnamon, one sliced mandarin orange and a few drops of vanilla (honey and water if needed). This recipe represents the ideal. You can vary the ingredients as needed to fit your taste or to what is available. You can use whole or powdered spices, any type of wine, from sweet to dry, almost any fruit, and honey or sugar (just adjust the proportions so it tastes good). If you only have homemade wine, powdered cinnamon and an old wrinkled apple – you can still make excellent hot wine!

 

Substitutions: Semi-sweet wine/any type of wine. Cloves, etc. / Any spices (whole or powdered). Mandarin orange / Orange or Lemon. Honey / Sugar.

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