Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

If you’re looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.

It snowed here last week. Can you believe it!?! (Bring on my Mulled Wine recipe!!) Nothing stuck around for long, but in my book, mid-October is too early for the white stuff. Not being a huge fan of winter, I was not happy to see those fluffy flakes.

Our snow event, however, has a silver lining (actually two). It’s said that if snow falls before the first frost, we will have an “easy winter. “*crosses fingers* Secondly, snow gives me an excuse to stay inside, watch SVU marathons, and whip up something delicious in the kitchen.

That might be the only way I can tolerate winter: Olivia Benson and something yummy on the stove or in the oven.

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So to kick off this cozy season, today I’m sharing a recipe for Mulled Wine. I can’t believe that in seven years of blogging, this is my first post about how to make Mulled Wine. What’s wrong with me!?!

 

Earlier this week I was watching Matt Bellassai’s Whine About It. (Side note: If you haven’t watched this web series, do yourself a favor and go back and check out the first season. I should mention that there is some foul language and off color humor in case that might offend you.) In this episode I watched, Matt was sipping on mulled wine, and immediately I knew I had to whip up a batch.

HOW DO YOU MAKE MULLED WINE?
It’s really very simple. Everything get’s tossed into a pot and set to simmer.

Once it’s warm, it’s ready to serve! It really is that easy.

There’s something wonderful about warm spiced wine. The combination of the smell, warmth, and flavor is magical and a must-have for cool fall or winter evenings. It’s also the perfect beverage for entertaining. Throw everything in a crock pot, set it on low, and you’re done. Plus, it makes your home smell fabulous. Love that!

WHAT WINE IS BEST FOR MULLED WINE?
Pinot Noir is kind of my go-to for everything. However something like New World Merlot or Shiraz would work quite nicely too. Any Italian red would be delightful too!

I always recommend a wine you like to drink. If necessary invite a lot of friends and family over and keep making batch after batch of mulled wine until you find just the right one.

WHAT GOES INTO MULLED WINE?:
For the recipe below, I used the following ingredients to make my mulled wine.

red wine
apple cider
brandy
honey
cinnamon sticks
oranges
cloves
peppercorns
The recipe below makes a double batch, which is perfect for a crockpot or larger pot. However, feel free to cut this recipe in half. I just heated up mine on the stove in my Straub Cocotte which makes a beautiful presentation.

Also instead of adding in the spices loose, you can use Mulling Spices. I have a recipe for how to make them at home HERE.

Keep in mind that you want the mixture to warm up and only simmer. Try not to boil it as you’ll end up cooking off some of the alcohol. What’s the fun in the that?

For the wine, I combined one sweeter red (a locally made wine) and a dry wine (I like Pinot Noir or Shiraz.). Use wine you like to drink and pick a sweetness level that works for you.

Okay, now let’s whip up a batch.

It’s really that simple. To a make this even easier, place the cloves and peppercorns in a tea ball or cheesecloth so you don’t have to hunt for them once the simmering is complete.

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE, YOU’LL LOVE THESE TOO:
Apple Cider Sidecar
Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria
Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy
Autum Harvest Fall Sangria
Apple Pie Sangria

If you need a cure for the cold weather, this is it.

Cheers, friends!

MULLED WINE RECIPE:
MULLED WINE
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PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
15 mins
TOTAL TIME
25 mins
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If you’re looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.

INGREDIENTS
2 bottles red wine – I like to use one sweet red and one dry red.
4 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges – sliced
8 whole cloves
12 black peppercorns
Additional cinnamon sticks and orange slices for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
Combine the cider, wine, brandy, honey, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves, and peppercorns in a large pot.
Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Remove cloves and peppercorns. Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and / or orange slice.


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T-Day Calls for Wild Turkey Cocktails

T-Day Calls for Wild Turkey Cocktails

Want a festive, fun, and easy cocktail for your Turkey Day celebration? Look no further. Our Wild Turkey Cocktail made with homemade apple cider, cranberries, and Wild Turkey American Honey will hit the spot. Perfect as an apertif or after-dinner cocktail! Now the only question is, who let the (wild) turkeys out?! 😉

 

Ingredients:

– 4 cups apple juice

– 1 tablespoon whole cloves

– 12 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey

– 24 cranberries (for garnish)

 

 

Instructions:

 

1. Bring apple juice to a simmer in a medium sauce pan. Add cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, add 1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey to each of 8 glasses.

3. Strain apple cider through a fine sieve into glasses. Add a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and stir.

4. Garnish with cranberries and an orange slice. Bon appetit!

 

Let’s get started.

Grab all of your ingredients.

Start by heating the apple juice in a medium sauce pan until simmering.

Add in cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Set cider aside and pour 1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey into each of 8 glasses.

Then strain cider through a fine sieve into each glass.

Add 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce to each glass and stir. Cranberry sauce will settle to the bottom.

Garnish with a few cranberries and an orange slice. You’re done!

 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Meet Hugo, The Perfect Summer Cocktail

Meet Hugo, The Perfect Summer Cocktail

A couple of summers ago in Italy while awaiting the birth of my 6th. grandchild my daughter’s friend introduced me to Hugo.  After one sip of this blissfully refreshing cocktail I wondered why we’ve never met before!

When in Italy, specially in the Veneto region my cocktail of choice had always been the Bellini served at either one of my favorite cafes, Florian’s or Quadri’s in Piazza San Marco.

Of course if one wanted to be real authentic I suppose a Bellini at nearby Harry’s Bar would be better; after all it was the Venetian bar where the cocktail was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948.  But I much prefer the ambiance of Florian’s outdoor cafe; the perfect spot to people watch.

My husband on the other hand loves the Aperol Spritz.  He says it’s a thirst quencher.  I find it a bit too bitter.

But I digress!  I was introducing you to Hugo.  What exactly is a Hugo Cocktail?  It’s an alcoholic aperitif originating in the Alto Adige or South Tryol province of Italy.  This region includes parts of the Dolomites and Italian Alps mountain ranges.  It’s actually one of my favorite regions of Italy, which again makes we wonder why I’d never met Hugo during one of my visits to the area.

The Hugo Cocktail, like the Bellini and the Spritz, is a Prosecco based cocktail; makes sense because the best Prosecco comes from within the Veneto region of Italy and the Alto Adige region is just north of the Veneto.  The other ingredients in the Hugo include Elderflower Syrup or Liqueur, sparkling water, fresh mint leaves and lime.  It truly is refreshing, the perfect summer cocktail.

Since traveling to Italy doesn’t seem to be an option this summer and most likely the rest of the year I’ve decided to bring my favorite places to me by making our favorite drinks and foods from each country.  So today I’ll share my recipe for Hugo Cocktails as well as Bellinis and Spritzes.  Just in case you don’t know what to do with that bottle of Prosecco you just popped open you’ll have 3 options.  So pour yourself a drink and a plate of Cicchetti(bar snacks),sit back, and dream of Italy!  Buon Appetito!

Hugo Cocktail

Ingredients:

5 oz. Prosecco

1 oz. Elderberry Liqueur – I use St. Germaine

2-3 oz. Sparkling Water

2 Lime Slices

4-6 Fresh Mint Leaves

Ice

Directions:

Place Mint Leaves in a wine glass and slightly crush or muddle.  You want to let the minty aroma out but not smash the leaves.

Add ice and lime slices.

Pour Prosecco, Liqueur, and sparkling water over ice.

Stir and drink up!

Bellini

Ingredients:

3 Parts Prosecco

1 Part Peach Puree – Use 3-4 White Peaches (you can use any other peach if you can’t find white peaches)

Directions:

Peel 3-4 ripe White Peach

Cut in quarters, remove pit

Puree in a blender

Strain in to a pitcher

Add Prosecco

Divide between chilled champagne flutes.

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients:

2 Parts Aperol or Campari will do in a pinch

3 Parts Prosecco

A splash of sparkling water

Orange slice

Ice

Directions:

Put ice in a glass

Add Prosecco, Aperol, and sparkling water

Stir

Garnish with Orange slice

Serve

 

 

Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork Tenderloin

Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork Tenderloin

I have a huge fig tree that produces an abundance of figs. One year I tried drying some and developed this sweet and smoky recipe as a result. Now it’s a regular at family gatherings. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 3/4 pound each), trimmed and silver skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

 

 

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 dried figs, halved
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

 

Directions

 

  • Cut pork into 1-in. cubes. Combine next seven ingredients; rub over pork. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to grill. Meanwhile, make a glaze by whisking vinegar, honey, mustard and oil. Set aside.

 

  • On water-soaked wooden skewers, thread pork cubes and fig halves. Grill, covered, on a greased rack over medium-high direct heat, turning occasionally, until a thermometer reads 145°, 8-10 minutes. During last half of grilling, brush cooked surfaces frequently with glaze.

 

  • Let skewers stand for 5 minutes; add a tomato to each. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle lightly with blue cheese and basil.
Nutrition Facts

1 kabob: 139 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.


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Dalgona Coffee aka Whipped Coffee

Dalgona Coffee aka Whipped Coffee

You’re probably wondering what in the world Dalgona Coffee is.  Basically it’s whipped coffee which you can serve hot or cold.  I prefer it cold topped with whipped cream!

I know topping whipped coffee with whipped cream seems, well, over the top.  But I love my iced coffee sweet and the whipped cream adds that extra sweetness my sweet tooth craves.

Aside from feeding my caffeine and sugar addiction Dalgona Coffee gives me a good reason to put my handheld immersion blender to good use.  I’d gotten one for Christmas a few years ago and seldom get to use it, that’s probably because I forgot I had one.

Anyway if you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a hand mixer or whip it the gold old fashioned way with a whisk.  Just be prepared to whisk for about 20 minutes or so to get a really good consistency.  Or you could order your immersion blender from amazon by simply clicking here!

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In case you’re wondering Dalgona Coffee is a Korean Beverage which is named after a Korean sugar sweet.  Most Dalgona Coffee doesn’t contain dalgona its name is derived from.

Dalgona Coffee became an internet sensation due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this year.  People worldwide who are locked down (that’s like most of the world) posted videos and pictures of themselves on Social Media making this frothy concoction by hand.  It probably also gave them their caffeine fix when running out to the neighborhood Starbucks or cafe isn’t an option due to strict lock down rules.

Anyway here’s the recipe:

Dalgona Coffee

Ingredients:

3 Tbs.  Instant Coffee Powder

3 Tbs. Sugar

2 Tbs. Water

Milk

Ice Cubes

Directions:

Place coffee powder and sugar together in a small bowl.

Add water and mix vigorously with a whisk or if you prefer an immersion blender or handheld mixer.

Mix until fluffy .

Add ice cubes to your glass and  pour enough milk until the glass is 3/4 full.

Top with the whipped coffee.  And if you want sprinkle with cocoa powder, cinnamon, or top with whipped cream.

Serve chilled.  Before you drink it mix the whipped coffee into the milk.  This is super yummy!

Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season

Holiday Cocktails To Put Some Extra Cheer In Your Season

You know peaches ‘n cream are a delicious pair, but have you tried orange juice and cream? Together they taste just like a creamsicle.

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Skip the boring beer this year—holiday parties deserve fun, festive drinks, like Christmosas and Jingle Juice. Whether you want a champagne, vodka, rum, or tequila base, we’ve got a drink for you.

For even more Christmas party cocktail ideas, try these hot cocktails, holiday punch recipes, and perfect pear cocktails.

 

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INGREDIENTS

Orange slices, for garnish

1/4 c. sugar, for rimming champagne flutes

1 c. orange juice

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or cava

DIRECTIONS

Rim champagne flutes with an orange slice and dip in sugar. Set aside.

In a tall glass, stir together orange juice and heavy cream until combined. Pour into champagne flutes and top off with champagne.

Garnish with orange wedge.

 

 

 

Pecan Pie Martini

The only thing better than pecan pie is a pecan pie-flavored martini that’ll get you drunk.

These martini’s might look innocent, but trust us, they’re STRONG. If you’re looking for a slightly more tame holiday cocktail, check out another one of our favorites: our classic mulled wine.

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR COCKTAIL

6 oz. rumchata

6 creme de cocoa

3 bourbon

Ice

FOR GARNISH

3 tbsp. caramel, microwaved until pourable

1/4 c. toasted chopped pecans

Cool whip, for garnish

3 whole pecans, for garnish

Sprinkle of cinnamon, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place caramel and toasted chopped pecans on separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of each glass first into caramel and then into chopped pecans to coat.
  2. Combine rumchata, creme de cocoa, and bourbon in a large cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until cold, 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a whole pecan, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

White Christmas Margaritas

Guarantee yourself a white Christmas this year.

Get the recipe from Delish.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. silver tequila

8 oz. triple sec

1/2 c. lime juice

2 c. ice

1 lime, sliced into rounds for garnish

Lime wedge, for rimming glass

Sanding sugar, for rimming glass

Cranberries, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries. Serve.

 

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