I tried something new at this year’s cookie swap by making spiced red wine in the crockpot. Crockpots are especially handy for parties, because they work quietly while you run around getting everything else ready.
I loosely followed this recipe, and I have to admit that I used pretty cheap red wine. I don’t think there’s any point in using good wine if you’re going to cook it for 4-6 hours in a crockpot. I cut back on the amount of sugar in the original recipe, and used an extra cinnamon stick. The end result was great, and one guest commented that it tasted like warm sangria. And on a rainy December day, who doesn’t want a glass of warm sangria?
1 1.5L bottle red wine (or 2 750ml bottles)
2 large apples, peeled and sliced thinly
3-4 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 c. white sugar
1 t lemon juice