Mulled Wine and Cider

Photos by Will Marks

For an easy to make—and even easier to drink—winter cocktail, whip up some mulled wine. Rich with fruit zest, warm honey, and lush spices, it is easy to make a big batch of this classic winter beverage before a get-together, or even just a snowy day at home.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Adapted from Ina Garten & the Food Network

Ingredients

4 cups apple cider (store brand works just fine!)

1 bottle red wine (Valley Home enjoys The Great American Wine Company’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, an inexpensive bottle with a rich taste).

1/4 cup honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange, zested and juiced

4 whole cloves

3 pieces star anise

1/2 orange, thinly sliced for garnish

1/2 apple, thinly sliced for garnish

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Strain and pour into mugs; add a slice of apple and orange for garnish. Enjoy!

* Simply remove the red wine from this recipe and you have a lovely, flavorful warm cider.

* Dried oranges and apples work great for garnish, but as long as you slice them thinly, fresh fruits can float beautifully on top of a punch bowl or mug of wine, as well.

* The Valley Home team loves to serve mulled wine and cider out of large, copper mugs once they have cooled a bit. So festive!