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Forget the nog and the hot toddies, if you really want a drink to cozy up with this holiday season, grab plenty of spiced wine. It is basically Christmas in a bottle.
Mulled wine has been keeping thirsty revelers warm for...well, for as long as there have been thirsty revelers. Some version of it goes all the way back to the second century when Romans spread their love of the stuff and their belief that the mix of spices and wine would keep you healthy through cold winters in the furthest reaches of the empire. But it’s taken on a much more festive place in the pantheon of American drinking as you can find the comforting smells of cinnamon and clove wafting through any good Christmas party.
If you’re after those flavors without having to do too much mulling yourself, the Williamsburg Winery has you covered. Their Settler’s spiced wine takes a base of red wine and infuses it with cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. It’s based on a 400-year-old recipe from early English settlers, so it’s been keeping people warm for a long time. And while it’s ready right out of the bottle—you can even drink it over ice if there’s a freak December heat wave—it’s even better with a few extra cinnamon sticks, anise pods and spoonfuls of orange zest. Just throw it all in your slow cooker, let it warm up and wait for your house to fill with holiday cheer.
You may even want to make two—one to drink and one to keep your house smelling like Christmas all season long.
Warm Spiced Wine Recipe:
Serves Four to Six
3 cups Settlers' Spiced Wine
3 cups Apple Cider
4 -6 Cinnamon Sticks
1 tablespoon of cloves
2-3 star anise pods
1 tablespoon of orange zest
Combine all ingredients and warm in a slow cooker on high until “coffee” hot, turn slow cooker down to keep warm. The scent will fill the entire room with a festive spirit. Do not boil. Ladle into cups and serve. Garnish with cinnamon stick and/or orange wheels.