Peach juice, a touch of rosewater and a dash of nutmeg turn a bottle of Merlot into a delicate-tasting hot drink with floral overtones that ladies will love. Best of all, it's festive enough to taste like the holidays, yet sufficiently suggestive of summer to put one in a lightened, warm-weather mood. Even if you mix this ahead, don't add the rosewater until shortly before serving since the fragrance and flavor will dissipate when reheated.
- 1 cup peach juice (not nectar)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- One 750-ml bottle Merlot
- 1 or 2 whole oranges, sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1/8 teaspoon food-grade rose water, available in health food stores
- Ground nutmeg, for garnish
Stir peach juice and sugar in large nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Add wine and 3 orange slices. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat and let steep 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
When ready to serve, rewarm wine mixture (do not boil). Remove from heat, stir in rosewater. Taste, adding another drop or two of rosewater, if desired. The rose flavor should be very soft and delicate. Divide the warm wine between
brandy snifters or glass mugs. Top each with tiny pinch of nutmeg and one-half orange slice.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
250 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 18mg sodium; 32g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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