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Mulled Wine Margaritas

These margarita wine cocktails are so fun, festive and unique. This favorite holiday beverage has complex flavors and warms the soul—it's the ultimate Christmas drink! —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings (1-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 8 whole allspice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters)malbec or other dry red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup tequila (preferably Exotico Reposado)
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 large navel orange, sliced
  • Optional: Orange slices, sea salt, sugar and orange zest

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, combine peppercorns, allspice, cloves and cinnamon sticks over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add wine, cider, brown sugar, agave, tequila, orange liqueur, orange juice and orange slices. Bring just to a simmer (do not boil). Reduce heat; simmer gently, covered, until flavors are blended, about 1 hour, stirring to dissolve sugar. Strain; discarding solids. Return mixture to pan; keep warm on low until serving.
  • If desired, using orange slices, moisten rims of glasses. Set aside orange slices for garnish. Combine salt, sugar and zest on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into salt. Pour warmed margaritas into prepared glasses. Garnish with orange slices. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 195 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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