Cranberry-Spice Sachets for Mulled Wine

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Makes: 6  servings Prep 10 mins Cook 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  dried cranberries, divided
  • 16 cinnamon sticks, divided
  • 16 candied orange peel strips, divided
  • 1 cup  crystallized ginger, divided
  • 1 bottle (1 liter) fruity red wine (such as Beaujolais) or 1/2 gallon apple cider or unfiltered natural apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons  sugar

Directions

1. For the cranberry-spice bags, combine 1/4 cup cranberries, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 candied orange peel strips, and 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger in each of eight decorative bags. Store at room temperature up to 1 month. Makes enough for 8 batches of mulled wine or cider.

2. For the mulled wine, bring the contents of one bag of spices and the wine to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and barely simmer 30 minutes, until flavor is infused into wine; stir in sugar until dissolved. Strain. Makes 6 servings.

To make mulled cider::

3. Prepare as directed above except omit the sugar.

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