Lavender Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is warm and comforting when the weather turns cool. It is great for sipping while sitting by the fireplace.
1 bottle dry red wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon both work well)
1/2 cup lavender sugar *
1 cinnamon stick
6 allspice berries
2 whole cloves
2 strips of lemon zest
2 strips of orange zest
Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish
1. Combine the wine, lavender sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, lemon and orange zests in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cook for 5 minute then strain.
3. Ladle wine into mugs and garnish with lemon or orange slice and cinnamon sticks.
- Note: To make lavender sugar, add 1 cup granulated sugar and ½ tablespoon of dried culinary lavender buds into a covered container about 3 days before you plan to use the sugar. The lavender buds will infuse the sugar with its fragrance and flavor.