kelly magyarics

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A Riesling-based drink to mull over

I really enjoy a steaming mug of mulled wine, especially this time of year--and I like other tipples that make me all tingly inside, too, like ciders, toddies and hot buttered rums.

If you dig warmer uppers like I do, then visit DC's Park Hyatt. Right now, they are offering traditional mulled wine, with dry red wine, brandy, sugar, oranges, lemon and a variety of seasonal spices; and mulled cider, which mixes raw apple cider, orange and lemon juice, sugar, cloves, oranges, lemons, cinnamon, nutmeg and Captain Morgan spiced rum.

Even more exciting to me is their Riesling Rosemary Mulled Wine. It's not often you find mulled white wine, but Riesling's peach and floral notes partner perfectly with the fragrant rosemary, honey and vanilla bean. In case you want to make it at home, here's the recipe:

Riesling Rosemary Mulled Wine
2 bottles Riesling white wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
2 tbsp rosemary
1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup honey
2 lemons, sliced

Simmer (but not boil) the water, sugar, rosemary, and honey for 10 minutes. Add in the wine. Peel the lemons and add in the peels. Allow to steep without boiling. Strain and serve warm.

These cocktails will be available until February 28, 2009.