The Christmas season, and cold season in general, usually signals a time for warm drinks and alcohol. One of my husband’s favorite cocktails for the holidays is mulled wine. Mulled wine is usually made from red wine, mixed with sugar, orange skins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other warming spices. Mulled wine originated during the second century of the Roman Empire along the Rhine and Danube Rivers by Roman soldiers trying to keep warm in the colder seasons. Currently it is pretty common among British communities when temperatures drop, and they tend to spike theirs with Brandy.
So I wanted to share my personal recipe with you, for you to enjoy the Christmas time. Let me know what you think!
750 ML Fruity red wine with or without sweetness
2 teaspoons whole allspice
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
1 3 inch cinnamon stick broken in half
1 3×1 inch strip of orange rind
1 cup Brandy
Brown Sugar – to taste if desired
Step 1: combine dry ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together and tie securely.
Step 2: Pour bottle of wine into large pot or slow cooker, add spice satchel, brandy, and sugar if desired and heat through until sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Enjoy.
*You can always personalize your Mulled wine by adding your favorite spices, more sugar, or even some bourbon for a stronger holiday cocktail.
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