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Mulled White Wine

A lean white wine that hasn’t been aged in oak works best for this drink. You can make the citrus base (step 1) up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill. Reheat to continue. For a clearer mulled wine, in step 2 pour the citrus base through a fine strainer into the wine, then add the whole spices. Add a few fresh lemon, orange, and kumquat slices for decoration as well, if you like.

Winter Drinks: Mulled White Wine

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 1/2 lemon (about 2 in. wide)
 1/2 orange (about 2 1/2 in. wide)
 4 kumquats (each about 1 in. long)
 2 tablespoons honey
 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
 6 whole cloves
 6 whole allspice
 2 cinnamon sticks (each 3 in. long)
 2 bottles (750 ml. each) dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio, Soave, or Sauvignon Blanc (see notes)
Step 1

Rinse lemon, orange, and kumquats and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar (use the smaller amount if you prefer drinks on the tart side, the larger if you want a sweeter flavor), cloves, and allspice. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Pour wine into hot citrus base (see notes) and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes. Keep warm over low heat. Ladle into heatproof cups or wineglasses.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 125Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 7.4mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%

Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Protein 0.3g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.