Ho, Ho, Ho–Holiday cheer coming in HOT. Literally. Mulled wine is my favorite drink to make around the holidays because
A) it’s so easy
B) you make a lot at once so more time to mingle, and less time jingling that cocktail shaker (sorry!)
C) you can keep leftovers in your fridge and heat up on another day-WIN!
D) YOUR HOUSE WILL SMELL AMAZING
E) did I mention how easy it is to make?
F) there’s no “set” recipe, so play around and find what flavor combinations you like best
G) pairs well with gift wrapping, talking to relatives and overall merriment
So let’s get to it shall we?
EASY MULLED WINE with Limoncello
2 bottles BIG red wine (think Cab Sauv, Zin, Syrah etc.)
40 oz (5 cups) unfiltered apple cider
4 oz limoncello
2 mandarin oranges (or something similar)
2 handfuls of fresh cranberries
3 cinnamon sticks (extra handful for garnish)
3 star anise
nutmeg to taste
honey to taste
Add wine and apple cider to pot on low heat. Zest citrus to taste and add juice of 1 mandarin and 1/2 lemon to pot. Put a few slices of lemon and mandarin in pot too. Add a handful of cranberries. Throw anise and cinnamon to into the mix. Poke remaining mandarin with cloves and add whole fruit to the brew. Grate some nutmeg over the pot. Pour in limoncello and stir. Taste and add ingredients to your liking. Let simmer for approximately 15 minutes (or until warm) and serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick and a few skewer cranberries. Spread the cheer!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Let me know how you like the mulled wine with limoncello. I think it’s my favorite to date.