GLÜHWEIN, a German style mulled wine, can be made with any dry-ish red wine, such as a Merlot. It makes an excellent holiday drink.
1 (750 milliliter) bottle red wine
3/4 c water
3/4 c white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves
1/2 c rum, optional
In a medium size saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and continue to simmer. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the pan. Place the cloves into the orange peel and drop into the mixture. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken like syrup. Pour in the wine and rum (if using) and stir, heating gradually until steaming. DO NOT BOIL. Remove orange peels and serve in prewarmed mugs.
Keep your fork