Spice Wine

Spice wine is always a big hit this time of year. May it be the warmth of the glass on a cool night or the scent of spices filling the air, it is definitely an essential in many homes.

As much as we think we’ve perfected our Spice Wine recipe, if you’re feeling adventurous and would like to try some of your own, here are a few:

Alpine Style

Ingredients
1 bottle full-bodied red wine (Burgundy, Pinot Noir or Merlot)
3 tablespoons honey
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons cardamom seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1/2 cup sugar

Instructions
In a large saucepan, combine the wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, lemon and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes. Pour into mugs, and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you like.

Gluhwein

This recipe is very popular in the outdoor markets of Germany, especially around Christmas. This German variety is one of the most delicious of the hot spiced wine recipes.

Ingredients
3 cups wine
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
1/2 a lemon rind
2–4 tablespoons of sugar (depending on how sweet you like your wine)
Cardamom pod (optional)
Rum, brandy, schnapps or vodka (optional)

Instructions
In a large saucepan, combine wine, sugar, and spices, and cook over medium-low heat for one-half to one hour. Do not allow to boil. Note that a longer heating brings out a stronger cinnamon flavor. Serve, and add a shot of alcohol if desired.

Extra Spicy Version

Ingredients
4 cups red wine
4 ounces brandy
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ounce lemon juice
1 cup orange juice
3–4 whole cloves
8–10 whole peppercorns
5 whole cinnamon sticks

Instructions
In a four-quart saucepan, combine all the ingredients but the wine, and bring to a boil. Cook for about ten minutes to reduce the amount by half. Reduce heat, and add the wine. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and serve hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired. When it comes to hot spiced wine recipes, this one is a must taste!

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