Mulled wine is a great way to stay warm during the holidays!
Growing up, my husband’s family always made wassail for the holiday season. But once they grew up, they found out there’s also an adult version! This mulled wine recipe doesn’t take long at all, but it’s full of sweet flavor and is potent enough to keep your real cozy.
Now, I’m not positive this is exactly how my mother-in-love makes it… Because the recipe card she scanned for me has a lot of additions and mark throughs. So, I basically just tried to follow as closely as I could and then used my own taste buds when necessary. Now don’t let this recipe alarm you… it’s got bourbon in it. And… I don’t like bourbon. I am not a bourbon drinker. However, in this recipe, it really helps to cut the sweetness of all the juice and enhances the spicy flavor of the mulling spices. All of it together tastes a lot like a fortified wine.
In lieu of making a simple syrup with my mulling spices, I simply put my mulling spices into my pot. I used kind of a makeshift cheesecloth, but you can use regular cheese cloth and tie up or a large herb/spice ball (like this affiliate) to tie up to keep all of the spices from floating around. Luckily, I did not have to get any new spices, because she gifted us last year for Christmas a batch of Williams-Sonoma mulling spices . But, you can make your own, or this looks like a pretty good replica of the things that are represented in the package that I have.
This recipe is for those who are 21 and over who are choosing to drink and drink responsibly.
Hope you have a great cozy holiday!
- 12 oz. red wine cabernet sauvignon
- 12 oz. triple sec
- 2 C. apple cider
- 1/2 C. bourbon
- 1 1/2 C. cranberry juice
- 1/2 C. orange juice
- 1/4 C. mulling spices
- 1 C. fresh cranberries
- 1 orange
Place mulling spices in a teabag or cheesecloth sachet.
Combine all other ingredients in a large stock pot. Add in spices.
Simmer on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.