Cranberry Mulled Wine

Cinnamon, cranberry, star anise, . . . wine.

A fireplace, a blanket, some candles, some Christmas music and your hands wrapped around a steaming mug of . . . wine.

Can it get any better than that? Really?

The grown-up version of spiced apple cider, this mulled wine is sweet but not sickeningly sweet. It’s rich and deep without a shocking bite every time you take a sip. It’s smooth, and warm, and spiced just perfectly with all scents Christmas.

I sampled this three different times (purely for the sake of the blog, of course). ¬†Once to try the recipe straight out of the book, once to try it with less sugar and made to serve just two – which is how I’ve presented it below, and once to see how it kept if you made it ahead (it keeps well).

It’s a delicious thing to have simmering on the stove top Christmas Eve – good for guests, or maybe just you and your numero uno guy or gal.

Enjoy.

And have a very Merry and blessed Christmas, filled with loved ones and joy and happy memories. Xoxo!

 

Recipe:

Mulled Wine (serves 2)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cranberry cocktail (not cranberry juice)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

1 and 1/2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot

1/4 cup fresh cranberries

Directions:

Combine the cranberry cocktail, sugar, cinnamon stick, and star anise in a medium pot.  Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in red wine and fresh cranberries. Bring back to a simmer, server warm.

Leftovers, should you have any, can be stored in the fridge overnight, covered tightly.

Source: Adapted from Real Simple magazine

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