While we wait out this deep freeze down South, we’ve been playing with recipes that warm the body and soul. This drink is so nice, we made it thrice. : ) To make your nights and time by the fireplace a little bit warmer, here’s a fine little recipe for Winter Spiced Wine.
Winter Spiced Wine
4 cups spiced apple cider (we love Trader Joe’s)
1 bottle hearty red wine, like a Cabernet
1/3 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
Fresh zest of 1 orange
Fresh-squeezed juice of 1 orange
5-10 whole cloves
Pinch of whole allspice
4-5 star anise/whole
Orange peel for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Pour into warmed mugs and top with orange peel. Drink up, warm up!
Recipe (slightly) adapted from Ina Garten