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Tip: Making Mulled Drinks

Tip: Making Mulled Drinks
Mulling spices can be used to make fragrant mulled wine or cider. An aromatic blend of warm spices, including cinnamon stick, allspice, whole cloves and orange zest, mulling spices should be placed in a large tea infuser or in a small piece of cheesecloth.

Mulled Wine
In a saucepan, gently simmer 1 quart red wine, 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (to taste) and 2 Tbs. mulling spices for up to 20 minutes. Remove the spices and serve the wine hot in mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick, or chill and serve over ice as a cooler.

Mulled Cider
In a saucepan, gently simmer 1 quart apple cider and 2 Tbs. mulling spices for up to 20 minutes. Remove the spices and serve the cider hot in mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick, or chill and serve over ice as a cooler. The cider is excellent with a jigger of rum or brandy added per cup.