I’m a sucker for all things “mulled” come winter holiday time. There’s something just so comforting and festive about the combination of aromas that make up mulling spices. Warm a sachet of fragrant mulling spices into some warming cider or wine and you are will be in beverage heaven. And just the smell of mulling spices simmering on the stove brings an instant holiday atmosphere to your home. I cannot think of a better drink to serve to guests as they come into your home from the cold.
Mulling spices are easily found in many stores this time of year but you can easily put together a sachet of your own and while your at it, make a big batch and give it out as hostess gifts. You will not regret it.
Cranberry Mulled Wine
3 cups cranberry juice
1 bottle of Cabernet or any favorite dry red wine
1/4 cup honey
3 cinnamon sticks
the peel of one orange
5 whole cloves
3 star anise
fresh cranberries to garnish
1. Place spices into a pre-made sachet (you can buy them in the spice aisle at the supermarket) or place them into a piece of cheesecloth and tie with a string. In a large saucepan, combine cranberry juice,with the sachet of spices, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes. Pour heat proof glasses and garnish with fresh cranberries.