This year the Winter Solstice takes place on December 21st. It’s the shortest day of the year and the longest night.
The Winter Solstice marks the start of astrological winter so this longest night is the perfect time to pour yourself a cup of warm cheer, light a yule log and relax.
I have to admit, I’m usually not a big fan of red wine or white wine for that matter- I’m more of a hard liquor kind of gal- but I LOVE mulled wine. Mulled wine is like a mix of a spicy mulled cider and a punch but with booze. It’s sweet and tangy and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter night.
Mulled Wine can be made with a variety of spices and fruits. It’s like the “winter version” of sangria. Who doesn’t like sangria?
The best part of Mulled Wine is that it’s a super cost effective drink. You don’t need some crazy expensive aged bouquet of wine- a cheap bottle of red does the job.
The secret to a good mulled wine, is to toast the spices in a pan for a bit first to intensify their flavors, and then add them to the rest of the mixture.
This recipe is stupid-easy to make, get’s oohs and awes from guests every time and leaves your house smelling just like Christmas!
After you toast your spices pour everything into a small saucepan or into a crock-pot and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Make sure to not let it boil you don’t want to loose any of that alcohol potency! You can leave this on the stove-top for up to 2 hours- the longer it simmers the more the flavors will evolve.
Be sure to strain the spices before serving OR after you toast the spices you can add them into a cheesecloth and place in the saucepan if you prefer to omit the straining at the end of the cook time. Serve hot garnished with a cinnamon stick and a thin slice of orange tucked into the glass.
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