Orange Mulled Wine
75 Min

Orange Mulled Wine

During the ’90s when I was raising my kids in suburban Houston, I had a good friend and neighbor who was Dutch. We car-pooled and our kids played with each other for hours on end. She had traveled the world, including having backpacked her way through Asia and India.

She wasn’t much of a cook herself so meals were usually at our house, given my constant experimenting. However, every year around Christmas, she would start making vats of mulled wine flavored with spices, fruits and herbs — the aroma would waft down my street and all I had to do was follow my nose and join her on the stoop to sip warm, spiced wine. Of all the European nations that traveled to India in search of spices, the Dutch have maintained an abundant use of spices in their cooking.

My personal favorite is pairing red wine with sliced local Satsuma oranges, ginger, cardamom and rosemary. Sometimes I will throw in black pepper or cinnamon.

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Cook Time

75 Minutes



Step 1
Combine wine with oranges, pomegranate seeds, ginger, mace, cardamom, and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer at a very low heat. Once simmering, lower the heat to just below a simmer and continue to infuse the wine. Be careful not to simmer the wine for too long because it will evaporate the alcohol from the wine. Turn the heat off and let the spices steep into the wine for another hour.
Step 2
Strain, squeezing out the pulp of the oranges and pomegranates into the wine.
Step 3
Add the maple syrup, brandy, and rosemary sprigs. Reheat upon serving to desired temperature.
2 bottles red wine
2 oranges, sliced with skin on
1 cup pomegranate seeds
2-inch piece of ginger, unpeeled and sliced
3 to 4 dried whole mace pods
1 tablespoon cardamom pods
1 to 2 large cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
1/4 cup brandy (optional)
1 to 2 large rosemary sprigs
Sliced oranges and pomegranate seeds for garnish

Notes & Variations

  • Add teaspoon of whole black peppercorns.
  • If mace pods are hard to find, add a few thickly grated slices of nutmeg.
  • Add more sliced oranges and pomegranate seeds to the glasses just before serving.
  • We used a full bodied red wine, but any red wine you like will do!
75 Min

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