What to Sip on a Cold, Snowy Day
A flurry of snow is coming down!
It's too chilly for a crisp Chardonnay.
Even though I love the floral aromas of a Viognier, I think I'll have to pass on this one too.
It's the perfect day for a warming winter hot drink made with wine.
Plan a hour in advance to brew a delicious hot wine drink. There are many ways to prepare mulled wine. You can make it from scratch or use a wine country Wine Mulling Spices spice bag.
Whenever I'm with my best girlfriend, Helena, we make it her way which has a special touch of sweetness to it.
Helena's Hot Mulled Wine
- 2 bottles of Red Wine
- 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- About a Tablespoon of Anise Seeds
- About a Tablespoon of Cloves
- 1 10 ounce Jar of Maraschino Cherries w/ Juice
- 1 Orange
- 3-4 Cups of Water
Optional to add: Brandy, Cherry Liquor, Amaretto or Vodka
Use blender to blend the cherries and juice until smooth.
Slice the orange in rings.
Mix all ingredients into a large saucepan.
Heat until simmering for one hour. DO NOT let it boil.
Optional Secret Ingredient:
For those of us who prefer a stronger mulled wine, add some brandy, cherry liquor, amaretto or vodka to the mix. Add to taste.
Please share your family hot wine drink recipes with us.