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Sugar, Spice, And All That’s Nice

Dec 23, 2011
Sugar, Spice, And All That’s Nice
Sip mulled wine all day and evening

mulled-wine-recipe_01Just in time for Christmas, The Daily Sip is offering TOP SECRET holiday tips. Tune-in Monday, December 26th for a guest appearance of Alyssa Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, on Rachael Ray to see what she has to say about making the most out of your New Year’s Eve bubbly. Check for your local listings here.

If you are having a traditional meal this Christmas, whether it’s roast turkey, beef, lamb, pork, or duck, you may want to re-read last year’s Daily Sip on some terrific, traditional wine pairings for your Christmas main. We even offer up wine recommendations for the Christmas-dinner alternative that many know all too well: Chinese take-out.

Or maybe this Christmas dinner is the year you’re going to attempt cooking with wine. If so, be sure to re-read our can’t-miss cooking with wine types from earlier this year-- which you can find here.

But if you’re looking to shake it up this holiday season, here is The Daily Sip’s TOP SECRET mulled wine recipe. You can put it on the stove at 10 am, and sip it from your coffee mug all day. Just be forewarned-- it has a kick-- and will sneak up on you, so be sure to chase your mulled wine with good old-fashioned H20. Making mulled wine is easy, fun, smells great, and creates a festive, holiday atmosphere. And did we already say that it’s absolutely delicious?

You could even make some the night before and leave it out for Santa.

The Daily Sip’s Top Secret Mulled Wine Recipe:

1 bottle of medium-bodied red wine (syrah/shiraz, grenache, or merlot are most recommended)
1 c. brandy
½ c. mulling spices (Williams-Sonoma has our favorite tin of mulling spices this season)
2 c. brown sugar (white or powdered can also work if needed)
2 c. diced oranges
Optional: garnish with a cinnamon stick

Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least one hour, preferably two. Filter out mulling spices when pouring into mugs or tea cups.

Merry Christmas!


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