My grandmother Margaret loved to entertain. This was one of her favorite beverages for cold, blustery, rainy days. We've served it through the years, usually during the holidays, and it's always a huge hit. If desired, serve flecked with nutmeg.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; dissolve sugar in water. Stir in lemon quarter, cloves, and cinnamon into water; boil for 10 minutes. Strain and return to saucepan.

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  • Stir red wine into water-sugar mixture; heat until piping hot, but not boiling, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To heat the wine without boiling it and to keep it hot, I often pour it into a slow cooker and add the strained spiced water there.

Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 18.7g; fat 0.1g; sodium 11.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2015
I made as written for it but decided to add star anise to this one. It was ok but better as written. This was heavy on the cloves for me but hubby liked it a lot. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2018
I used the claret shown in the photo and it was way too strong. So we cut in about 200ml water and about 1/2 cup orange juice. Now it tastes right. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2015
I made as written for it but decided to add star anise to this one. It was ok but better as written. This was heavy on the cloves for me but hubby liked it a lot. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2018
I used the claret shown in the photo and it was way too strong. So we cut in about 200ml water and about 1/2 cup orange juice. Now it tastes right. Read More