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Vodka Gets the Spiced Wine Treatment

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At some point this winter, you may find yourself debating between a stiff vodka drink and the warming qualities of mulled wine.

Nonsense. There’s no debate. There’s just this Mulled Wine Cocktail that, in a productive exercise of having it all, incorporates both.

The mulled wine comes in the form of a syrup that you’ll have to make yourself. But don’t worry. It’s easy. And the vodka is just vodka. So that’s even easier.

It all goes something like this.

Mulled Wine Cocktail

2 oz Reyka vodka
3/4 oz mulled wine syrup*
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with star anise.

*Mulled Wine Syrup

32 oz red wine
32 oz sugar
4 oz mulling spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange peel and lemon peel)

Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Strain and bottle.

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