Holiday beverages number 3 continues 3 trends: Hot drinks, spicy recipes, and both alcohol and NA drinks. What’s different today for both is that I don’t actually make these. I drink them, but I buy them. Last night, we had dinner with a dozen friends. It was a fine and fun evening. We tasted spiced Christmas ales, and I brought mulled wine that we shared.
Holiday Beverages Number 3
Today’s hot and spicy holiday cocktail is mulled wine, which, to be honest, is a drink I’ve never made. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy mulled wine when the temperature dips and the holidays approach; I just don’t make it. I buy it at Aldi’s Winterliebe Gluhwein.
Since I don’t make my own mulled wine, I went online to check out a few recipes and found they were pretty different than I expected. Most of them included apple cider with the wine, some had apples, and many used oranges along with the spices. Here’s an example from Bon Appetit.
I don’t have all the ingredients to experiment with these recipes yet, nor the time today (it’s almost time for kick-off!). I’ve added it to my to-do list and will report later.
Hot Apple Cider
Funny thing, I’d previously decided today’s NA would be hot Apple cider. However, I didn’t realize Apple cider was an ingredient in mulled wine until today when I started checking out recipes. I usually heat up some fresh cider and occasionally use powdered packs of Apple cider. And I have added spices and honey to the fresh cider.
I found and was fascinated by the recipe below from Nancy Fuller on The Food Network. Look at the last optional ingredient! Ok. I’m down to try it.
|16 cups (1 gallon) apple cider
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
Pinch grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons whole cloves
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
2 cups bourbon, optional
There you have it, day 3 with all 3 trends and some eye-opening discoveries for me. Cheers!