Sauced’s Mulled Wine
For vanilla syrup (made the night before)
¼ c. water
¼ c. white sugar
4 vanilla beans, cut lengthwise (if no beans are available, substitute 1 tbsp. real vanilla extract)
1. Boil water and sugar together with vanilla beans for 1 minute.
2. Cool and remove vanilla beans. Refrigerate.
For punch mix
4 c. house red wine
1 c. port wine
½ c. brandy
1 c. sparkling water
1 cinnamon stick
1 navel orange or sweet apple, cut into slices
½ c. vanilla syrup
2 sticks fresh nutmeg
1. Mix together all ingredients in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling. (Hint: Be very careful not to boil — alcohol will cook down.)
2. Transfer to large thermos or carafe. When serving, grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
Sauced, 753 Edgewood Avenue, at Waddell Street (404-688-6554 or saucedatlanta.com).
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