I love sangria in the summertime so I have no idea why I had never tried mulled wine before coming to France. For the last month, "Vin Chaud" (hot wine) is listed on almost every chalkboard menu I pass by. It was also offered at the Ronsenac Christmas market we attended last weekend so I tried my first cup. It was sweet and spicy and surely not my last. In the meantime, I will be experimenting with different recipes at home this holiday. Please share your favorite recipe if you have one.
1 bottle of red wine (merlot or cabernet)
1 orange, juice and zest
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. all spice
1-2 Tbsp. honey
Warm the wine in a saucepan over low heat. Add all the ingredients and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or more. Strain and garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and a piece of orange peel. Serve warm.