Every year I say I’m going to start a new holiday tradition. And every year I fail miserably trying to come up with one! So my new holiday tradition is to find a way to incorporate fun wine recipes during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day! For one, both of my girls start their Winter break next week so I have to figure out ways to find my happy place. And nothing makes momma happier than a nice glass of wine to help me “winedown” after a day of breaking up fights, watching Caillou, playing with Barbies and trying to bust a move dancing to Just Dance on the xbox.
1 bottle of cheap red wine
5 whole of black peppercorn – grind into powder
2 cloves – crush bud part into powder
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1 bay leaf
1/2 orange peel – sliced into smaller pieces
1 tbsp raw or white sugar (optional)
1/2 vanilla bean (optional)
1. In a small pot, add ground black pepper, crushed clove buds (and whole stems), cinnamon, nutmeg, whole bay leaf, orange peel, vanilla bean, sugar, and 1/4 cup of red wine. Turn heat on low, and cook until mixture forms into a syrup.*
2. Add the remaining red wine into pot and continue heating until it warms to your preferred temperature.
3. If you don’t mind a bit of ground spice on the bottom of the wine glass, ladle the mulled wine directly into a glass. If you want a cleaner look, run the mulled wine through a fine strainer before serving.
What’s your favorite holiday drink to make? Please share so I can add it to what I’ll be experimenting with this month!