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.


Mulled Wine Spices


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


Ingredients:


  • 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




  1. Use blender to blend the cherries and juice until smooth.

  2. Slice the orange in rings.

  3. Mix all ingredients into a large saucepan.

  4. 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.