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Brandy • Sweet
Vin Chaud au Cognac

Perfect for a party (or a very thirsty twosome), this crowd-sized recipe for mulled wine comes from Youmna Asseily, winemaker of Chateau Biac in Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux. Made with a generous slug of Cognac, two full bottles of fruity red wine and plenty of spices (including fresh ginger), it’s easy to make and downright delicious. Proof that if you want a wine-tail done right, you have to leave it to a Frenchman.

The Essentials

red wine
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2 750-ml bottles red wine
.5 Cup Cognac
250 g brown sugar
lemon zest
orange zest
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Star anise
1 inch spices
3 pinches nutmeg
1 orange


  • Mix all ingredients save for the orange slices in a pot.
  • Cook on low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 6 minutes.
  • Strain and serve hot in heatproof glasses or mugs.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange.