Mulled wine recipe for the holidays

I was invited to a “crafty hour” this past weekend for some holiday decorating fun. I highly recommend hosting one of these in your home to get into the holiday spirit. We made handmade cards, ornaments, and other random craft objects that soothe the souls of even the not-so-crafty person.

The evening was filled with laughter, bright-colored pipe cleaners in cute festive baskets, a warm fireplace and mulled wine. Hello warm, sweet and spicy glass of good grapes! Where have you been all of my life?

I love a warm drink by the fireplace: chai tea latte, apple cider, hot chocolate with whip cream, and now mulled wine.

* Image above from Words We Women Write

Mulled Wine Recipe

3 oranges (2 sliced, 1 squeezed for juice)
2 sliced apples
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
2 bottles of red wine (Trader Joe’s fans, 2 buck chuck works perfectly)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy (optional)

Squeeze one orange for juice (you may use the orange zest to include in the recipe as well). Slice 2 oranges and 2 apples. Combine fruit and juice in a large pot and heat on medium for 1-2 minutes. Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves nutmeg and orange zest. Mix and stir the fruit with the spices until it starts to smell delicious! Add sugar and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves; bring to a boil. Add the wine; bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat and keep on low heat for a couple of hours. Serve in a heat resistant punch bowl with a ladle. The ladle and I became best friends that night.

Note: This recipe is very flexible. Add more water if the mixture is too sweet, or more wine if it needs more body. Feel free to adjust by your taste. You may also use a slow cooker on low for four hours.

Serving Suggestion

Garnish an individual glass with a cinnamon stick
Sprinkle with ground nutmeg and cinnamon
Drink by a cozy fireplace (this is the fireplace I got to enjoy my first mulled wine…thank you Krista)

Invite a few friends over for a casual evening of holiday music and mulled wine. I promise your guests will be quite impressed. I know I was.

Speak your mind…

What warm drink do you look forward to sipping on during the winter (hint: does not need to be homemade; Starbucks is fine too)?

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2 Responses to Mulled wine recipe for the holidays

  1. Popo Joy December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    My comfort in a mug, organic chai tea, with frothed 1% organic milk, sprinkled with Tahitian vanilla powder…ahhhh…I think its calling me now! Love the idea of the “crafty hour”, I love to be crafty.

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