The name of this spiced, mulled wine might have you thinking that the recipe includes honey. But it doesn’t. While it can be made with honey in place of brown sugar, Youmna Asseily, winemaker of Chateau Biac in Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, recommends sticking with the sugar—without changing the name. Is it confusing? Yes, but that makes it all the more authentically French.
Spiced Vin Chaud with Honey
1 750-mL bottle red wine
.5 Cup Cognac
.5 Cup Brown Sugar
1 vanilla pod
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Star anise
6 whole cloves
- Mix all ingredients together in a pot.
- Cook on low heat until sugar is completely dissolved, about 6 minutes.
- Strain and serve hot in heatproof glasses or cups.
- Garnish with a whole stick of cinnamon, a slice of orange or star anise.