Holiday Mulled Red Wine with Ginger Sea Salt Recipe

Yield: 6-8 Glasses
Time Estimate: 1 hour, 10 minutes overall, including 10 minutes of prep time
Storage Notes: serve immediately for best results, will remain fresh for 4 days in the fridge (to be reheated upon serving)

Difficulty: easy

This wine is a perfect addition to the holiday festivities. A warm glass of mulled red wine by the fire as you relax the night away. The Ginger Sea Salt compliments the sweetness of mulled wine providing an impeccable balance. Just when you taste the fruity, sweet, and deep flavor of mulled red wine, the complimentary tang of ginger tingles back to amplify it to an even deeper, more intense flavor. This wine is best served just after cooling off, warm and soothing. If being made for a holiday gathering, a Crockpot does wonders to keep it warm all night and keep the flavor alive. If needed to be stored, it is recommended that the mulled wine be refrigerated, reheated, and consumed within 4 days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine (grape subject to discretion-recommended Pinot Noir or a red blend; fruity, light, sweet)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 orange, sliced (for garnish)
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/4 cup brandy or spiced rum
  • 3 whole cloves


Method:

  1. Combine red wine, apple cider, and brandy into large pot
  2. Zest Orange peel into pot and squeeze juice in as well, stir to mix (keep 3 nickel-sized pieces of orange peel)
  3. Press three whole cloves into outer layer of orange peel and place in pot
  4. Add the star anise and cinnamon sticks
  5. Bring mixture to boil and then immediatly reduce to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally *important: if boiled for too long, alcohol will be cooked out of mixture*
  6. Pull wine glass (or mug) out and dampen rim of class (best to use new, clean sponge
  7. Roll glass in Ginger Sea Salt to properly salt the rim of glass
  8. Turn off heat, let mixture sit for 30 mins for flavors to combine
  9. Remove and dispose of orange and cloves, cinnamon, and star anise
  10. Reheat if necessary, pour mulled wine into glass, garnish with orange, enjoy!

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