We haven’t seen rain in San Francisco for over 2 months. 2 months! And when it did rain 2 months ago, it only rained for one day…it’s so weird and I’m anxiously waiting for some drops so that we can get some snow up in Tahoe. Fortunately for me, I’m running away and heading to the warm beaches of Mexico for a few days this week! Muahaha. But when I get back…I expect rain. :)
However, the warm weather has not stopped my friends and I from embracing Fall and enjoying some seasonal festivities (including a Friendsgiving potluck this past Saturday and a friendly game of softball yesterday). In my opinion, the best way to celebrate the holiday season is by chowing down on some delicious food and sipping on tasty drinks.
Warm, spiced drinks scream comfort to me. It’s quite possibly my favorite part of the holiday season (besides snow!!). If you’re looking for a last minute drink to make or an item to contribute to a potluck, this is your recipe! It’s extremely quick to whip up, it will make the entire place smell like winter spices, and you can double or triple the recipe to accommodate a huge group of people. Plus, you don’t need expensive wine for this so it’s pretty cheap to make…Helloooo, 2 buck Chucks from Trader Joes.
I do love making this mulled cider with fresh fruit recipe but this mulled wine might have surpassed the cider this time around. If you already have the spices on hand, all you need to buy is wine, an orange, and some brandy.
Trust me, this recipe is a must.
You just add orange zest, sugar, and spices to a medium sized pot, pour in enough wine to juuuust cover all of the ingredients and then bring everything to a rapid boil for about 8-10 minutes to create a spiced syrup. Then you add the rest of the wine, squeeze in the juice of the orange you zested, and warm everything up over low heat.
Once your mulled wine is heated (not boiling or else you’ll burn off the alcohol), you top it off with some brandy, and that’s it! Serve and enjoy.
What’s your favorite holiday drink?
- 1 bottle of Cabernet Savignon (or your favorite red wine)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large orange
- 1/4 cup brandy (more or less to your taste)
- Zest the orange skin (by using a vegetable peeler or knife) into thick slices.
- In a medium sized pot, add the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, nutmeg, and sugar together.
- Pour just enough wine to cover everything (in a medium pot, this was a little less than 1/4 of the bottle for me).
- Bring the mixture to a rapid boil for about 8-10 mins while stirring occasionally. This will thicken it a little bit and create a flavorful syrup.
- Bend head over mixture and smell..it smells like winter!
- Once the syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low. Add the rest of the wine. Squeeze the juice out of the orange you zested earlier into the pot.
- Let the wine slowly warm up. You must do it at a low temp so that the alcohol doesn’t burn off.
- Once it’s warm enough, add the brandy and serve immediately.