I love wine and I love fall.
Obviously you do too that’s why you’re here. When I was in Europe last month I kept seeing signs for “hot wine” everywhere. I’m like wtf is hot wine? Why would I want to drink my wine hot? But I soon found out that hot wine is actually just mulled wine, which is something that I crave as soon as the temperatures start dropping. So in addition to wine, fall, mulled wine and cold weather, I also love Ina Garten.
Ina Garten is one of those ladies who just gets it. She makes amazing recipes and hangs out with gay guys all day. It’s like my life but not as cool because I have a corporate job to go to and can’t sit at home tending to my garden and making food #oneday.
So a little history behind mulled wine. Why in the world would people want to drink warm spiced wine, when it’s already amazing just the way it is?
The Ancient Greeks used to make mulled wine with the leftover wine from the harvest. Nothing went to waste in that time so the wine that didn’t make it to the table got extra loving with spices. As time went on people continued to make mulled wine because they believed the added spices were good for your health.
Ok, ok back to Ina. She has a kick ass mulled wine recipe that I think everyone should be giving a try this year. There is nothing better than a nice glass of mulled wine on a cold day. It’s perfect for holidays, parties or just sitting by yourself watching reruns of chopped. No judgement here.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
- Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.