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Mulled Wine  |  the fresh exchange

I think I should begin with a little tale here. Mike and I decided this winter we were terrible cocktail makers. Our drink making skills are pretty simple so we have started to challenge ourselves with actually doing more than placing whiskey on the rocks and red wine in a stem-less glass. I am not a big liquor person other than for an occasional hot cider and bourbon or a gin and tonic, but give me wine and I am happy girl. So I thought I would start my first cocktail mixing adventure with all of you today on Just 5 by making mulled wine.

Mulled Wine  |  the fresh exchange

I have never had mulled wine I liked, but I thought why not change that. So I came up with a perfect-for-Christmas version with cinnamon, cranberry juice, orange juice, and oh yeah a little pine needle to boot. Here is everything you need:

1 bottle of a sweet red wine or a very fruity red wine (don’t use a dry wine it won’t work)
1 cup 100% cranberry juice (if you want it sweeter get the cranberry juice cocktail)
1/2 cup Orange JuiceĀ 
1 sprig from your Christmas tree (we have a concolor so it is a little more citrusy…also make sure your tree has not been sprayed with anything you don’t want those chemicals in there)
3-4 Cinnamon Sticks depending on how big the sticks are
1 whole orange
1 tbsp of whole cloves (not pictured)

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Before dropping everything in a medium size pot slice about 4 thin slices from the orange. Then toss all the liquids, cloves, cinnamon sticks, pine needs, and the four slices of orange in to the pot. Bring to a boil and then remove the pine. Allow to sit on low on the stove for 45 minutes at least before trying. If it is at all bitter to you feel free to place in a pinch or two of sugar.

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A huge bonus to making mulled wine is that it makes the whole house smell like a Christmas dream. Thus it is perfect to make before having a dinner party or having friends over to cozy up by the fire on a cold stormy wintery night. There is nothing like a drink that warms you from inside and out, is there?

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  1. I love the idea of using pine needles! So smart.

    We’re not much of cocktail-makers either. But wine and spices? I’m sold on that.

  2. YUM! Looks perfectly Christmasy. :)

  3. I love your blog, and I absolutely love this recipe! I’m going to try it this weekend. Thanks for always being so creative and inspiring!

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  5. This looks so amazing! I’m curious though, wouldn’t you cook off all the alcohol if you boiled then simmered for 45 minutes? Thoughts?

  6. Rebecca

    Yummo. I can’t wait to try this.

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