Honeyed Hot Cider Sauvignon

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If you thought Sauvisnon Blanc was just a summer wine, this hot drink recipe that simmers in your slow cooker will convince you to drink the wine year-round when combined with apple cider and fall spices.

Honeyed Hot Cider Sauvignon
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
10 mins
Slow Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
7 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 3 inch cinnamon sticks

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 4 whole allspice

  • 4 cup apple cider

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 750-ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine

  • 1 orange, halved and sliced (optional)

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, halved and sliced or cut into wedges (optional)

  • ¼ - ½ cup spiced rum, brandy, or bourbon (optional)

Directions

  1. For spice bag, place cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice on a double-thick, 6-inch square of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with 100%-cotton string.

  2. In a 3- to 4-qt. slow cooker combine spice bag, wine, cider, and honey. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Discard spice bag.

  3. Stir in orange and apple slices and, if desired, spiced rum. Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

To Make on the Stove Top

Follow Step 1, then in a 4-qt Dutch oven bring cider, lemon juice, honey, wine, and spice sachet to a simmer (do not boil). Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove sachet. If you like, add a splash of rum, brandy, or bourbon to each serving.

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