On Saturday, I went out to view the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade with my sister and her husband. This parade brings the magical revelry of Mardi Gras to the poor, disenfranchised, socially awkward and generally weird masses.
We took along one of my favorite winter wine drinks. You, too, can get your inner nerd warmed up right with this recipe for German style mulled wine, also known as Glühwein.
1 bottle of red wine
1/2 cup of rum or brandy (I used Bacardi O)
1 cup water
1 large orange, peeled then juiced (about 1/4 cup juice)
peel of 1 lemon
1/2 cup agave syrup or sugar
5-6 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
Peel large sections of skin from orange and lemon. Over medium heat in a medium sized pot, pour in agave syrup and water, then add the peels and juice of the orange and the lemon peel. Add the cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. The liquid will reduce, so after around 30 minutes, add in about a half cup of wine. This allows the flavors to infuse and will create a syrup.
When your syrup is ready turn the heat down to low and pour in the bottle of wine and rum or brandy. Bring back to a gentle simmer and heat for about 5 minutes. Simmer longer if you want to burn off some of the alcohol. Strain out the fruit and spices and ladle it into glasses. Serve warm.
Or put it into travel mugs or go-cups and hit the parade!