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.

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!

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.

For the recipe below, I used the following ingredients to make my mulled wine.

red wine
apple cider
cinnamon sticks
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.

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

Cheers, friends!

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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.

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
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?! 😉



– 4 cups apple juice

– 1 tablespoon whole cloves

– 12 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey

– 24 cranberries (for garnish)





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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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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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


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.




6 oz. rumchata

6 creme de cocoa

3 bourbon



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



  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.



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



  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.


Get more Holiday Cocktails recipe..!



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Asparagus Pockets

Asparagus Pockets

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and low in calories and sodium. It’s a versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, appetizer, or as a main course ingredient, think stir-fry!

Here’s one of my favorite asparagus recipes. These Asparagus Pockets are tasty, easy, and look impressive. They’ll make a great appetizer at a party, specially during the holidays. They’re so easy to make, you can whip them out in less than an hour. Guests will think you spent hours preparing them!

Here’s my recipe, hope you love them as much as we do!

– 24 Asparagus tips – washed and trimmed to about 8” long
– 2 cans refrigerated crescent dough
– 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese
– 1 Egg – beaten


  1. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees
  2. Prepare asparagus
  3. Unroll crescent dough – dough is pre-cut into 8 triangles and unroll as 4 sets of triangles together forming a rectangular piece
  4. Separate rectangles – Do not separate it into triangles – you should have 8 rectangles with a diagonal line scored from one corner to the other
  5. Press the scored line together to form a smooth rectangle
  6. Place 3 asparagus tips diagonally across the dough – from corner to corner
  7. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cheese over asparagus
  8. Fold free corners over each other to form the pocket. Top and bottom of asparagus should peek out. Check picture above.
  9. Place each pocket on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  10. Brush each pocket with beaten egg.
  • Bake in oven about 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot or warm.
  • Makes 8 pockets.
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Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

This fantastic one-pan dinner is ideal for a Sunday supper or casual fall get-together with friends; the sauce is delicious, so serve with bread or mashed potatoes to soak up every delicious bite.


  • slices bacon, chopped
  • bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds total)
  • medium tart red apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 12 – ounce bottle hard cider
  • tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large (2 cups)


  1. In a very large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan, reserving drippings in skillet. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook 10 minutes or until browned, turning once; remove from skillet. Add apples to the skillet and cook 4 minutes or until browned on both sides; remove from skillet. Drain and discard drippings from skillet.
  2. Add cider, thyme, mustard, and salt to skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add apples and cook, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is done (at least 175 degrees F).
  3. To serve, divide chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, and apples among shallow bowls or plates. Spoon cider mixture over top. Sprinkle each serving with bacon.

Nutrition Facts

(Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Apples)

Servings Per Recipe 4, sodium (mg) 840, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, cal. (kcal) 860, Folate (µg) 35, pro. (g) 52, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Potassium (mg) 804, iron (mg) 3, Monounsaturated fat (g) 25, vit. A (IU) 614, carb. (g) 23, calcium (mg) 49, sat. fat (g) 17, chol. (mg) 295, sugar (g) 13, Niacin (mg) 12, fiber (g) 4, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 12, vit. C (mg) 44, Fat, total (g) 59

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