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Jane’s Hot Mulled Wine

Yield: 5 1/2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups apple juice or cider

3/4 cup sugar

1 lemon, sliced

1 orange, sliced

12 whole allspices

12 whole cloves

2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon

3 cups Burgundy or dry red wine

1/2 – 1 cup brandy, to taste

Berries or apple slices, for garnish (optional)

Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish

Directions

Combine apple juice, sugar and fruit slices in a Dutch oven. Tie spices, including 2 cinnamon sticks, together in cheesecloth bag. Add spice bag to the juice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add wine and brandy to juice mixture and heat for 10 minutes. Remove and discard spice bag. Serve juice mixture hot with desired garnish. This recipe can easily be doubled and tweaked to your taste preference. It smells fabulous warming up on the stove!