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Gift giving, gift wrapping — even gift receiving — goes down a lot easier with homemade mulled wine. A few simple ingredients and a few short minutes is all it takes. Watch the video to see host Amy Devers make a recipe for homemade mulled wine in the latest episode of Urban Eco, then visit your local Whole Foods Market to stock up on mulling spices, wine and more.
Homemade Mulled Wine
6 cinnamon sticks, crushed
2 tablespoons cardamom pods, crushed
3 tablespoons dried lemon peel
3 tablespoons dried orange peel
3 tablespoons whole cloves
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
2 tablespoons whole allspice
1 tablespoon black peppercorns (optional)
Cheesecloth or cooking sachets
1 bottle dry red wine
Sugar, to taste (1/3 – 2/3 cup suggested)
Combine all of the spices and divide into six sachets (or squares of cheesecloth, which you would then tie up with string.
Simmer the red wine with one spice sachet and sugar in a saucepan for about 20 minutes. Do not allow to boil!
Use remaining five spice sachets for gifts (remember to include heating instructions) or store in an airtight container for future batches of mulled wine or mulled apple cider.