I can’t think of a better way to wind down Christmas than with a cozy drink and a cuddly blanket.
A cup of tea or hot chocolate would definitely do the trick, but tonight, on Christmas, I’m thinking something a little bit more special.
That’s right! I’m talking about mulled wine.
Mulled wine is essentially the winter version of sangria and I am here for it! It’s full of wine, juice, and beautiful winter seasonings, like cinnamon and star anise! I like to add apple juice to mine and some freshly squeezed orange juice. I think it adds a nice mixture of sweet and tanginess to the wine. The maple syrup brings a beautiful warm sweetness that really just rounds out the drink!
When it comes to picking a wine for the mulled wine, I highly suggest picking a wine that you would drink by itself. Any red wine would work for this, but the flavors of the red wine are very prominent so you want to make sure you like the base first! Also, if you do pick a sweeter red wine, add less maple syrup.
Be sure not to let the wine boil while it’s cooking! This is so important! If the wine starts to boil, it’ll cook off the alcohol and that’s no fun.
The smell of this mulled wine is positively divine! The star anise and cinnamon really bring the flavors of Christmas into your kitchen. Plus, the colors in the wine are stunning! You will impress all of your guests with this delicious concoction.
1 bottle of wine
1 cup of apple juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 cup of cranberries
Start by adding one bottle of wine to a large pot. Then add the apple juice, maple syrup, and juice from one orange. Add in the cinnamon sticks, star anise, cranberries, and the zest from both oranges. I like to use a vegetable peeler to get large strips of orange peel.
Turn the heat to a low to medium heat. You don’t want the wine to boil at all. Allow the wine to simmer for about 15-20 minutes!
Ladle the wine into a few mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, a slice of orange, and a few cranberries.
Enjoy sipping on this while watching Christmas movies, opening presents, watching the snow, or a combination of all three! I love how warm and cozy this drink is with all the beautiful flavors of Christmas swirling inside. It’s like a hug in a mug!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!