Warm Winter Drinks

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I served these two warm, spice-infused drinks at a recent holiday party. At the host’s request, I made a mulled wine to evoke memories of his time in Germany and spiced apple cider to satiate non-imbibing guests. Several guests asked for the recipes, so here they are!

Mulled Wine

  • 1 box (3 L) Bota Box Zinfandel or other fruity red wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 24 whole allspice berries
  • 24 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 large oranges, zested and juiced
  1. Place whole spices in a large spice ball (optional).
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot (5 quart or larger) and heat over a medium low heat, stirring til the sugar dissolves. Hint: Prep oranges while all other ingredients are heating up to save time.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until flavors are melded.
  4. Pour through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the solids.
  5. Serve warm, such as out of a crockpot. Cheers!

Spiced Apple Cider

  • 1 gallon apple cider (such as TreeTop)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 16 whole allspice berries
  1. Place whole spices in a large spice ball (optional).
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot (5 quart or larger) and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes or til flavors are melded. Remove spice ball or pour through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the solids.  Hint: This can also be prepared in a crockpot on the high setting.
  3. Serve warm, such as out of a crockpot. Cheers!
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