The holidays are fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday I was making a pumpkin pie and now, in a blink, holiday lights are twinkling & store windows glow late into the night. This means the start of holiday shopping and I’ve begun mulling over lists galore. Don’t mistake me, I do love to shop for presents and decorate for Christmas, but it can feel like a holiday whirlwind and well, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. As I embrace the spirit of the season and gear-up for crowded retail lines and coat-worthy nights, I decided a little something special was in order. I’m happy to say it’s already here, mulled wine time, hooray! Cinnamon, and cloves, and nutmeg, oh my! I’m no slacker when it comes to seasonal sips, and really enjoy Swedish Glogg, like we made in last year’s post (thanks Mom!). Though, there is something satisfying about a very simple, holiday mulled wine. A little aromatic mulling spice, bottle of cabernet and bit of blackberry brandy, then we’re ready to take in the festivities…or chaos, whatever the agenda has in store!
Nothing beats a warm glass of spiced wine, at least on a chilly evening. Not to mention it’s a slam dunk to serve at holiday parties. Prepared in minutes, and all you’ll need are mugs or heat resistant glasses to serve, oh and don’t forget the cinnamon sticks.
Essentially, we’re steeping mulling spices that include cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange and lemon peels, star of anise & nutmeg, in a small muslin pouch. Like a tea bag, we gently heat & steep our wine on the stove with the spices, then it’s glass-ready! I add a few tablespoons of blackberry brandy, similar to the glogg, but with less bite :) This one is perfect for a winter holiday, or just any evening when you want to take a moment to relax. I find guests really enjoy this, and I do too this time of year. Just a bonus that your house will smell better than a Limited-Edition Yankee candle while you’re making it…
Easier than cooking dinner, and that I like….let’s…
- 1 bottle red wine (cabernet preferred)
- 4 T mulling spice mix (in muslin bak or wrapped cheesecloth)
- 3 T blackberry brandy
- cinnamon sticks for garnish
- in a large pot on stove, add bottle of red wine, simmering on lowest setting.
- Add pouch or wrapped cheesecloth of mulling spices, and steep on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and avoiding any boil.
- Add brandy and continue to simmer for another 15-25 minutes (again avoiding a boil).
- Cool slightly and serve in mugs warm with a cinnamon stick.
- Store leftover mulled wine in sealed bottle with cork or airtight container for up to a week or longer in the fridge.
- Reheat leftovers slowly on stove.
This is also the perfect gift alongside those homemade Christmas cookies & holiday baked goods. Pour into a decorative glass bottle, and your friends are sure to appreciate the gesture. I certainly look forward to a warm mug post-holiday shopping escapades, and maybe a good X-mas flick while I’m at it… (Elf is on as I type this coincidentally; how can I resist? SAAAANTAAAA, I know him!!!) It never gets old…
Happy Holiday prepping! I hope you enjoy a moment to relish in the season before it speeds past us- cheers!Pin It