We're into November now, and I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner for all my American friends. So, in the spirit of the family GTG, I thought I'd post a recipe that will either bring a lot of cheer to your festive table, or perhaps cause Great Aunt Millie to start swinging from the chandelier.
I'm warning you now. This recipe is good. It was my go-to for winter parties all last year. It's a crowd pleaser.
It's also intensely alcoholic.
Anna Olson's Mulled Wine
1 750ml bottle full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz
1 cup clear apple cider or cranberry juice
4 tablespoons honey
2 fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish
3 cinnamon sticks
3 whole star anise
3 whole cloves
3 whole peppercorns
1 orange, sliced
2 ounces brandy (optional)
Slowly bring all ingredients except brandy to just below a simmer. Keep below a simmer for 20 minutes, then stir in brandy (if using) and serve, garnishing each glass with a sprig of rosemary