Orange Chai Spiced Wine

Orange Chai Spiced Wine
Orange Chai Spiced Wine

To set the scene, it’s New Hampshire. It’s December. We got about a foot of snow in the past week and we’re expected to get a bit more soon. It’s freaking cold.  So I need a hot drink, preferably with alcohol. I’ve been seeing posts about chai hot chocolate and hot chocolate red wine, but those sounded a bit heavy. So I decided to try an orange chai red wine, sort of like a mix between sangria and mulled wine, but with a chai spice flavor profile. I didn’t know that my idea was actually pretty close to a German spiced wine called Glühwein until I started poking around. Mine doesn’t have brandy or other spirits in it, and I have a few more spices in mine. It’s a pretty thing on a cold afternoon, and great for a wintry get-together. For those of you who are vegan, you’ll need to investigate your wine carefully, and for those of you who are more sensitive than I am corn-allergy wise, you’ll need to be careful in your wine choices. I do well about 75% of the time as long as I avoid American wines, but your mileage may vary.

Orange Chai Spiced Wine

The complete recipe is in the card below, but this is a pretty easy one. Juice and zest some oranges (I used a julienne peeler for removing the zest easily with a strainer), slice part of an orange, and throw the zest, juice, orange slices, spices, sugar and wine in a crock pot on low for a hour. After cooking, I strained out the spices and used the orange slices for garnishing the glasses. I have a bit left over, and I may braise some pork in it because it was totally delicious.

Using a julienne peeler to zest the oranges
Using a julienne peeler to zest the oranges
Slices and spices in crockpot
Slices and spices in crockpot
Orange Chai Spiced Wine after cooking
Orange Chai Spiced Wine after cooking but before straining
Orange Chai Spiced Wine
Orange Chai Spiced Wine after straining with an orange slice for garnish
Orange Chai Spiced Wine
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A lovely drink for cold winter parties in the crock pot.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Orange Chai Spiced Wine
Print Recipe
A lovely drink for cold winter parties in the crock pot.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle red wine 24.5 ounce or 750 ml, fruity red wine such as Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp whole fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise whole
  • 5 green cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1/2 tsp cracked dried ginger
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3-4 quart crock pot
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Wash your oranges carefully. Using a julienne peeler or a regular vegetable peeler, peel thin strips of the zest off of the orange, being careful not to peel too deeply and get into the white pith. Add about a tablespoon's worth of peeled zest to the crock pot.
  2. Cut one of the oranges in half, and slice one half thinly to add slices to the crockpot. Juice the remaining oranges until you have about 1 cup of orange juice to add to the crock pot.
  3. Add all spices, brown sugar and wine to the crock pot, and put on low for 1 hour.
  4. Strain out spices, but save orange slices for garnish. Add an orange slice to glass and pour wine into glass and serve. Enjoy!
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