I don’t know about you but this time of year always seems to creep up so dang quick! A few days ago it was almost 80 degrees in Nashville and now its in the lower 50s. Mother Nature can’t seem to get her life together and let folks deal with temperature changes gradually. She likes to just toy with our emotions and drop the temp 30 degrees overnight.
The good part of this sudden arctic blast of air is that now I can actually get myself into the holiday season. The bad part is that even the cold weather isn’t getting rid of my Grinch mood. If it wasn’t for being a parent I would probably just throw a Christmas wreath on the front door and call it a day. I’m determined to wait until Thanksgiving before we put the tree up and I’ve got the perfect drink to get me in the mood.
Last year I shared a mulled wine recipe and it was a big hit. This year we are kicking it up a notch by adding cognac. If you’re planning to host parties this year, this drink will be sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! And the best part about making this drink is that you don’t need any fancy ingredients that can only be found at that one store 20 miles away and cost a small fortune.
- 2 cups good red wine
- 1/2 cup cognac
- 1/4 rosemary honey
- 2 1/2 cups honey crisp apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- orange slices
- 6 whole cloves