Serves: About 6Total time: 30 minutes[ratings]

There are few occasions that can’t be made better with a bottle of wine. But during the fall and winter months we find ourselves searching for something a little cozier. Enter warm mulled wine, or glühwein as it’s called in Germany. This spiced red wine cocktail is the perfect way to keep warm during this winter and smooth out any unexpected wrinkles that the holidays might throw your way.

It doesn’t take much to make: a bottle (or two) of red wine, some oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and few drizzles of maple syrup. Simmer in a big pot over low heat until all the flavors start to blend together. When it’s ready, it tastes like warm, liquid comfort in a mug.

This is the perfect cocktail to try while doing some late-season camping or at the cabin during a winter ski trip. When the weather is brisk, this drink will be your best friend.

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750 ml bottle red wine (you want a big wine here, a California Zinfandel or warm climate Syrah is a good choice) 1/4 cup maple syrup 3 whole cinnamon sticks 2 inch piece ginger sliced 1 tablespoon whole cloves 2 oranges cut in half


Combine the wine, maple syrup, and spices in a pot. Squeeze the juice from the oranges into the wine and then add the spent peels to the pot. Simmer over medium-low heat at least 30 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld. Split between glasses & enjoy!

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