Have you ever noticed how drinking something warm makes you feel....well....just better? It's the reason I love my coffee in the morning, my green tea at night, warm cider on a crisp Fall day, hot chocolate after playing in the snow, and mulled sangria pretty much....anytime!?
Although we are currently having a heat wave here in Wisconsin, I know the cold weather is just around the corner. As are the holidays...which brings back delicious memories of a warm cranberry wine I made for Thanksgiving last year. Mmmmmmmmmm.So when I saw that cranberries had made their seasonal visit back to the produce section, I had to pick some up.
I got to thinking: Is it possible to make the delicious wine from last year even better??
Well, that's easy. Of course! Just add booze:)
Mulled Cranberry-Orange Sangria
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 whole cloves
3 cups dry red wine (I used a Shiraz-Cabernet blend)
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange liqueur (I used Triple Sec)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
In a medium saucepan, combine cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and cranberries. Bring to a simmer. Serve warm.
I decided to refrigerate mine (like you would sangria) to let the flavors develop.
I served it a few days later....but I've since discovered that it's just as good right off the stove top.
Oops! Where are the oranges??
Delicious. Better than last year.
Oops! All gone :)
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