Hot Mulled Port

On these rainy cool days in Southern California, I like a warm beverage.  Give this one a try to warm your bones.


2 oranges
1 grapefruit
1/4 c. sugar
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
1 tsp. ground mace (optional)
1 bottle ruby port




Peel rinds from oranges & grapefruit (try to avoid as much white pith as possible) and muddle them with sugar in a large bowl.  Allow to sit at least 30 minutes, to release oils in rinds.





In a large pot, boil 2 cups of water. Add muddled rind mixture, then spices.






Juice oranges & grapefruit; add juice to pot. Simmer over medium heat 10 minutes.







Remove from heat; strain out the solids. Turn heat down to very low and return liquid to pot. Add port. Heat mixture until hot; but not boiling, garnish with cinnamon sticks & cloves, and serve.


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