The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
Merry Christmas! How you doin’? It’s time to get spiced up for the holidays and there’s no better way than with a warm Spiced Wine Sangria to up the ante. You’ll be able to warm up your friends and family with this mulled wine recipe. This beverage abounds with fresh fruits, warm spices, sweet liquor and red wine, of course.
Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a beverage made with red wine along with various mulling spices. It is served hot or warm and is alcoholic, although there are non-alcoholic versions of it (they’re no fun at all). It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and New Year’s (or whenever you need a little lift during this crazy winter!).
Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century; it was created by the Romans to ward off the winter cold and keep warm. As the Romans conquered much of Europe throughout the next century, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they conquered.
Couldn’t finish it all? Got some leftovers? Don’t pour it down the drain! Let the mulled wine cool at room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge. It will keep well chilled for up to three days.
This is a chilled recipe that I faithfully use every year. I brought it back from Copenhagen, Denmark right out of Tivoli Gardens. No need to buy expensive liquor or wine for this recipe.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes
Chill time: overnight
Yields: 8 to 10 servings
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup triple sec
1 lime, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 pear, sliced
3 mandarin orange slices
Handful of cranberries
1 bottle red wine
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3 cinnamon sticks
Granulated sugar to taste
7 Up, Sprite, or Club Soda (optional, for sparkle)
ChefSecret: Hot spice mulled wine is easy to make with this recipe. Simply serve it after it has been strained. Omit the added 7-Up or Sprite and adjust the sugar if necessary.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “Half of us are going to come out of this pandemic as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.”
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