Hot Mulled Wine
4 cups sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon or 6 medium cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ground cloves or whole cloves
2 cups boiling water
3 medium oranges, thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
1 gallon dry red wine
In 8-quart saucepot, combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and water.
Add orange and lemon slices to saucepot. Over high heat, heat to boiling; boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to medium; add wine; heat till piping hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
Carefully ladle individual servings of hot wine into punch cups or heatsafe glasses.
Begin 30 minutes ahead.
Makes 18 cups or thirty six 1/2-cup servings.