Over the weekend we got our first real taste of winter this year in New York. Along with the sub-freezing temperatures, the wind gusts were so powerful that they blew a card table off of our roof and onto the neighboring building! Oops! Of course, when the wind is loud enough to wake you up at night, the only thing you want to do is stay curled up indoors, especially on a lazy Sunday.
Luckily, we had the perfect idea to keep warm. We grabbed the cheapest bottle of red wine we had and made a pot of mulled wine. There are a ton of variations to this winter warmer, but we kept ours a bit simple.
Mix one bottle of fruity red wine (we used a Pinot Noir) with 3 c. of apple cider, the juice and zest of an orange, 1/4 c. of honey and a few spices—we used about six whole cloves, two cinnamon sticks, and three star anise, but you can really go wild her with whatever you’ve got. Cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, you name it. If you’re feeling extra chilly, you can also add a 1/2 c. of brandy. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Perfect for a post-Thanksgiving movie on the couch!