One of the fine folks at the first ever Airborne Surfer Tweet-up in Kansas City last year gave me his recipe for a delicious cold-weather libation. Gluhwein is a German-style mulled wine made with a moderately-dry red wine (hence the Merlot). Try it at this year’s holiday gathering!
Boil together then simmer
Cut an orange in half. Squeeze halves of orange into sugar water.
Place 5-6 whole cloves into the pulp of the squeezed orange. Place pulp side down in simmering sugar water for 30 minutes.
750ml bottle of Merlot and add to sugar water. Mix and heat up to almost boiling.