There are far too many days during our Minnesota winters where I just flat out refuse to leave the house. Instead, I stay inside and cuddle up with a blanket by our fireplace and enjoy some mulled wine. It's the perfect way to spend a day that is below zero and saves me from spending a lot of money each winter on Starbucks to stay warm! It's quick, cheap, and easy to make mulled wine and the perfect drink to serve your guests around the holidays. There are plenty of excellent mulled wine recipes already out there and Ali from Gimme Some Oven created a recipe for mulled wine that we often follow, it's excellent! With a few additions, we boost the flavor of our mulled wine with frozen cherries and cranberries from Door County that we have been able to find at most Cub grocery stores in Minnesota.
- 1 750 ml bottle of dry red wine
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/2 c frozen cherries
- 1/2 c frozen cranberries
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1/2 vanilla pod, sliced lengthwise
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 c brandy (optional)
Add all ingredients into a large sauce pan. Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Serve warm and enjoy!
Substitutions and Tips
- We used Yellow Tail's Big Bold Red. It's cheap but delicious. This medium bodied red wine is fruity with flavors of strawberry and raspberry that compliment this recipe well.
- You can use honey or we used Sugar in the Raw for this recipe.
- Whole vanilla beans are expensive and hard to find, if you can't find them in your spices aisle at your local grocery store, skip it.
- While I live in Minnesota, I'm a Wisconsin girl at heart. I state brandy as optional simply because states outside of the Midwest don't appreciate brandy as much as we do and it can be hard to find!
- You can strain your mulled wine prior to serving to remove any chunks of fruit or spices. I prefer to keep them in and eat the fruit once it has soaked up the wine and spices!
Cheers! Stay warm out there or stay inside and make some mulled wine!