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Recipe & Photography By Twinkle Vanwinkle

Try a little luxury in this warm seasonal sipper, made with tart-yet-somehow-sweet Luxardo cherries and some local apple cider.


20 whole cloves
10 cracked green cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 lemons, sliced in quarters
1 orange, sliced in quarters
4 Pink Lady apples, diced
15 Luxardo cherries, smashed (plus a little of the syrup)
2 bottles sweet red wine
(Zinfandel or Syrah)
4 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup brandy
3 tablespoons maple syrup

For garnish:
2 Pink Lady apples, sliced and dusted with ground cinnamon
Luxardo cherries

Place all ingredients, except garnishing apples and cherries, into an 8-quart stockpot. Set on medium and warm for 15 minutes, but do not bring to a boil. Turn the mixture down to a simmer on low for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slice garnishing apples into circles, leaving the core. Pour warm mulled wine into mugs or glasses and serve with an apple slice sprinkled with ground cinnamon float and a Luxardo cherry.