2022 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 21 – Mulled Wine and Cider. This is an easy-drinking, low-ABV mulled wine recipe that combines apple cider and fresh citrus juices with baking spices and red wine.
Like hot chocolate, eggnog, and a punch/pitcher cocktail – I ensure there is always some version of mulled wine in the annual Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar. It’s a seasonal staple for a reason, right? Last year we went with German Glühwein, in 2020 we did Nordic Gløgg, in 2019 we did Mulled Port, and in 2018 we did a more classic Mulled Wine.
Next year I’m hoping to make an attempt at Feuerzangenbowle – a traditional German holiday drink in which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine. It requires a bit of special equipment but I like to try new recipes and I’m sure there’s a way to MacGyver the sugar loaf burning contraption. I won’t be making any attempts at pronouncing or spelling the name of the drink without a reference guide.
The version I’m serving up this year is approachable and easy-drinking. There are no distilled spirits involved, just a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon combined with apple cider, orange juice, baking spices, spiced Demerara syrup and some freshly squeezed grapefruit.
This is a lovely winter warmer to sip on as you putter around the kitchen on Christmas Day or to heal your soul after braving the crowds for Boxing Day shopping.
Join me on Instagram Stories tonight at 5 p.m. to stir up this Mulled Wine!