I discovered this delicious night cap last year around Thanksgiving, and it was on repeat through the winter months. Now that it finally feels like fall, I’ve started to crave it again. Mulled wine has all the right components of a perfect fall night cap. Red wine. Duh! Spices. Yum! Sweetness. Yes! Not to mention the amazing aroma that permeates throughout your home, with all the right cozy feels of the season. Read on for the mulled wine recipe for fall nights and beyond.
Mulled wine is as easy to make as it is delicious. You can adjust the alcohol level by either leaving the pot on longer, to allow the alcohol to cook away or if you prefer a stronger drink, you can add a little bit of brandy or whiskey. No judgment here. Do you, boo! It’s an easy, no-brainer recipe that you can make for the holidays, for tailgating or for ordinary fall nights.
Ingredients ( Serves about 4-6 people)
1 bottle of red wine (Any red works here)
2 cups of apple cider (I used the Spiced Apple cider from Trader Joe’s and it worked great)
1/2 cup of brandy or whiskey (I like to taste the booze, if you don’t, add less or skip it)
2 heaping spoons of agave or honey
4 cinnamon sticks, additional for garnish
2 orange slices, more for garnish
8 whole cloves
Combine the cider, wine, brandy or whiskey, honey or agave, cinnamon sticks, sliced oranges, cloves and peppercorns in a large pot. Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until thoroughly heated. Remove the cloves and peppercorns and then serve in a mug or heatproof glass. I like to garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice.
The muffins are from Trader Joe’s pumpkin mix and have you tried their pumpkin butter? Amazing. Also, I am not sponsored by Trader Joe’s, sadly.
Warning: You will not stop making this all winter. Sorry. Not sorry. But, can’t you just picture yourself sipping on this all day Sunday starting now through March?