Seasonal Sipping

Mulled beverage season is upon us. Whether bellying up to the bonfire, perching on the porch or settling in to sip on the sofa, mulled wine is a lovely way to get into the holiday spirit.  

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This recipe can be made with zero or full proof wine, as well as white or red. I like to make a batch to sip during our annual Christmas tree decorating activities. It pairs perfectly with the Squirrel Nut Zippers “Christmas Caravan” album we listen to while trimming and the fragrance of the spices, plus its major flavor factor, helps send the cozy vibes up from zero to 100 in seconds. 

Mulled Wine

1 bottle inexpensive alcohol free or full proof red or white wine
5 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon cloves
1 apple, sliced whole (remove seeds after slicing) or orange
Honey to taste if it’s not already to your preferred sweetness

In a stockpot or large saucepan, combine ingredients. *Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes (or up to three hours). Strain into a mug. Cue up holiday music and enjoy. Cheers!

*Note: You could place cinnamon sticks, cloves and apple slices or orange in a cheesecloth and simply remove it before pouring.