This recipe starts with a 750ml bottle of Merlot - if you use a jumbo bottle just add more cider to balance it to taste - you really can't go wrong here. This will give you plenty for most parties - even for big drinkers. I've had parties of 30+ people and everyone was drinking it and we still had enough for the hubby and I to have another mug or two after the guests left. I've actually done a couple of batches the night before a Christmas gathering and cooled it and funneled it into some clean wine bottles to give as gifts. If its kept cold in an airtight container, it will stay good in the fridge for up to two weeks.
|The wine in the glass is before mulling. The wine in the mug is after mulling for 2 hours.|
I made this particular batch with a bottle of Lemon Creek Cherry wine. If your wine is more dry or tart (like the cherry was) you can adjust your mulled wine to taste with a little more sugar and another 10 minutes simmering. About 15 minutes before your guests are due, shut your pot off so it can cool slightly to the perfect drinking temperature. I keep my pot on the stove and we keep turning it on and off all through the party as needed. I've also done this on a smaller scale when I have a leftover bottle of red wine that maybe we didn't really care for and it is easy to make adjustment to your preferred taste with just these few ingredients and simmering for an additional 10 minutes after adjustments.