The 12 Days of Cocktails #7 - Hot Spiced Wine

Christmas time is rife with tradition, from the present-shitting log of Catalonia, to fruitcake and “sitting in Santa’s lap” there is certainly no shortage of questionable fun rolling around this time of year.

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Buried in the onslaught are a few old-timey traditions that are worth a second look. One such is the old-school,Dickensian bowl of mulled wine. Now that the weather has finally turned truly cold, the spirit of the season can be found readily in a hot mug of spiced cider. Cinammon, clove, anise, nutmeg and honey mellow together with a good bottle of arbor red to make an earthy winter warmer that is the perfect accompaniment to a night of wrapping presents.

Spiced Wine

1 bottle of red wine

2 cloves

1 stick cinnamon

2 pods of star anise

1 tsp crushed nutmeg

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp dried bitter orange

Juice from 1 lemon


Place all dry ingredients in a muslin teabag. Bring wine, honey and lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan, add teabag.  Steep for 15 minutes. Ladle into mugs.

Hot Spiced Wine