Recipe for (Recette) Vin Chaud

  • 1 bottle red wine (a fruity wine such as Merlot works well)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cardamon pods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup Cognac

Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan. Don't use copper or aluminum. They can give the wine a metallic taste.

Bring the mixture to just under a simmer over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. No boiling!

When the sugar has dissolved and the wine is hot, strain the wine by pouring it through a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth-lined colander. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Cognac to a pre-warmed mug and ladle the mulled wine over it.