As soon as we became homeowners I began making mulled wine on Halloween night and did my best to pass it around to weary trick-o-treaters. It's not easy to come into a new neighborhood and pass out hot wine. People get suspicious. It has taken years for the locals here in Manhattan Beach to take me seriously about the offer of a hot spiced toddy to fortify them for the candy trail. One day, I'll have the steady stream of friends, neighbors & locals, as my mother did. Perhaps you will too.
Mulled Wine from the Reis Family
1 C sugar
4 C water
Zest 1/2 lemon
18 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
12" square of cheese cloth
2 bottles (750ml) dry red, cheap wine
Put sugar and water in a large sauce pan. Tie the lemon zest and spices into a large square of cheese cloth. Add the spice bundle to the sugar water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the wine. Heat until steaming but not boiling. Remove the spice bundle. Keep warm. Serve to weary travellers, family members at holiday gatherings, holiday revellers, anemic enemies & friendly strangers.