Spiced Pear Mulled Wine

Spiced pear mulled wine.

Whether you prefer to use a medium-body white or red wine for this recipe, be sure to select a stainless-steel fermented dry style with slight fruity notes – oaky flavors should be avoided. I recommend a Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot. Also, a softer pear variety like Comice or Forelle is great for this recipe, as it will release more flavor, but keep in mind that it will also be messier!

Serves | 8 to 10 |

  • 2 bottles medium-bodied dry red or white wine
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 Comice or Forelle pears, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • ½ orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split open
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced, smashed with a knife
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tsp allspice berries

| Preparation | In a stockpot over medium-low heat, add wine, brandy and brown sugar. In a piece of cheesecloth, add all remaining ingredients. Tie cheesecloth closed using kitchen twine and add to pot. Let wine mull for 45 to 60 minutes; don’t let mixture reach a boil. Remove cheesecloth bag, stir, garnish with cinnamon sticks or pear slices and serve warm.

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Amanda Wilens is a contributing writer and photographer for Feast Magazine. She is also an event planner and food blogger based in St. Louis.

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