Mulled Riesling Punch

01 Jan

Brought to us by John

1 750 milliliter bottle Riesling or other white wine
2 cups apple cider or apple juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
12 whole allspice
8 whole cardamom pods
1/2 cup Calvados or brandy
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Apple slices (optional)

In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine wine, apple cider, and honey.

For a spice bag, place ginger, allspice, and cardamom in the center of a double-thick, 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string. Add spice bag to mixture in cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Do not boil.) Stir in Calvados.

If desired, garnish drinks with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

source: BHG


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