THIS IS NOT A DRILL! IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, FLORIDA!
Okay, maybe that photo is an exaggeration. But it is sweater weather, if only for a day. We must make the most of it. And by “we must make the most of it” I mean, we must make warm cocktails. Lucky for us, our single day cold snap landed on a Friday. Even more lucky for us, we’ve been preparing for winter since Halloween, which means we can finally drag out all the winter cocktail recipes we’ve been collecting since October.
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Back to the cocktails: Try this Gluhwein (also known as mulled wine) recipe to kick-start your evening. It’s like holiday sangria, but warm and filled with spice.
1 bottle (750mL) Red Wine (try Dalliance Red)
3 cups Apple Cider, unsweetened
1/4 cup Brandy (try Vendome)
1/4 cup Honey
1 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
Heat wine, cider and brandy in a large pot over medium heat. In a separate pot, place cloves, nutmeg, 4 sticks cinnamon and 4 star anise. Toast for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add spices to wine. Let cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally but do not let boil. When the honey is dissolved and the mixture is warm, it’s ready to serve!
Ladle wine into glass mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks, star anise, sliced oranges and cranberries. For added presentation at parties, add these garnishes to a punch bowl filled with your mulled wine.
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