Mulled Red Wine Syrup 0.500

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post

Cooking for One Mar 25, 2009

Sugar and spices turn even lesser-quality wine into a deeply flavored condiment good for drizzling on ice cream, chocolate desserts or citrus segments or for folding into Greek-style yogurt.

This recipe's particular combination of spices is on the delicate side, but cinnamon, cloves, allspice and/or black peppercorns can be used for a more pronounced flavor.

Make Ahead: The syrup can be cooled, covered and refrigerated indefinitely.


Servings: 0.5

Yield: Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups any variety red wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split (not scraped)
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns

Directions

Combine the wine, sugar, vanilla bean, star anise and pink peppercorns in a wide pot or skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium; cook for 10 minutes or until the liquid becomes syrupy and has reduced by about two-thirds.

Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the syrup into a small container; discard the spices and let cool. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe by Michele Humes on SeriousEats.com.

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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