Well hello there, Heart Full of Daisies fans! I’m AL. I’ve been a not-so-secret admirer of Heart Full for quite some time now, so I was super excited when Kate invited me to guest-post for her while she enjoys a brief break from her computer-life (sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?). I started blogging relatively recently over at Curious. I write about a hodgepodge of my life-loves: fashion, teaching, travels, music and, of course, food! I first met Kate…hmmm…at outdoor ed in 6th grade? Kate and I went to middle and high school together in the sea of cornfields known as central Illinois. I can assure you that she was just as lovably adorable in the 7th grade. 🙂
Today, I’m going to teach you how to make something very easy and VERY Christmassy: Mulled Wine.
I’ve wanted to try this forever. I helped my aunt Mary decorate her lovely house for Christmas today, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity! You need: A bottle of dry red wine (I used zinfandel), 4 cups of apple cider, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, honey, and an orange.
1. Pour the apple cider and the bottle of wine into a large pot:
2. Add the spices: 3-4 cloves, 2-3 star anise, 2-4 cinnamon sticks. The star anise is very strong, so use less if you’re not sure how much you like it. It has a licorice-like flavor.
3. Zest the orange and add the zest into the mix. Zest the whole thing – the more, the better!
Then, juice the orange into the pot:
4. If you have a sweet-tooth, add about a quarter cup of honey. If you like things a little more tart, add a little less. I added about a quarter cup, but next time I’m going with less.
5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then, let it simmer (lid off) for about 10 minutes. Voilá! You have just mulled wine. Pour up a nice, warm, spicy mug of it. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a curl of orange skin.
Drink it with somebody lovely.
Yum. Enjoy! Happy, Happy Holidays.