you may not love winter as much as i do, but i think we can all agree mulled wine on a cold winter night is pretty much the best thing ever. it is easy to make & quick to heat up! i like a little apple cider in my mulled wine because it adds a natural sweetness, plus i also love mulled cider so this is the best of both worlds. this recipe features vitamix's winter spice mix. the winter spice mix is a blend of freshly ground holiday flavours like cinnamon, ginger, oranges & cloves. it works for both sweet and savoury recipes. a little change i made to the vitamix recipe was to eliminate the salt in the mix itself. this allows me to add the salt as i go because not all dishes requrie the same amount of salt. mulled wine aside, the spice mix makes for a nice edible gift to give over the holiday season.
cheers to the first snow fall! xo
winter spice mix
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tablespoons crystalized ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
- 1½ teaspoon whole cloves
- ½ cup (50 g) dried orange peel
- ½ cup (110 g) brown sugar, packed
- 3 cups red wine
- 2 cups pure apple cider
- 2 tablespoons winter spice mix
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- cinnamon sticks, for garnish
winter spice mix: place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. select variable 1. start the machine, slowly and increase it to the highest speed. blend for 60 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
mulled wine: place the wine and cider in a large pot over medium heat. add the two tablespoons of winter spice mix in a tea strainer. place this in the pot and add the orange slices. simmer for ten minutes. pour into mugs & garnish with cinnamon stick.