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So the holiday season has come and gone, but as long as it’s still cold, I’m still going to be enjoying the holiday flavors.  And lets just face it, I’ve become a complete wino this break; from Christmas Eve, Christmas, my brother’s continuous 21st birthday celebrations, wine tasting in Napa, purchasing and drinking wine from Napa, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day…the wine, the bread, the cheese, is never-ending.  So lets just keep it going with this sparkling mulled wine concoction.

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Sparkling Holiday Spice Sangria
Mulled Wine recipe adapted from Ina Garten

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Shiraz
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
8 whole cloves
1 orange, for garnish
1 bottle sparkling wine or Bon Affair Syrah wine spritzer
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, and cloves in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and chill for an hour.
  4. Once the mulled wine has cooled, fill a wine glass half way.  Top with champagne or Bon Affair Syrah.  Garnish with an orange slice.

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