Mulled Apple Wine
One week until Thanksgiving! You guys…there’s only one week until Thanksgiving!! I love Thanksgiving because it’s all about being with family and eating a delicious meal that’s special enough that we all basically only make it once a year. I love a traditional meal (and even gathered up 15 amazing recipes if you’re still looking), but Thanksgiving always needs a cocktail. Preferably a warm cocktail. That’s where today’s mulled apple wine comes in.
Mulled apple cider is so last year. (JK, it’s not. We all still love it.) But how much fun is this mulled apple wine? It’s like a cross between a mulled cider and sangria. There’s a little fruit, some spices, and it’s served warm so you can huddle around it when it’s cold.
I used Mazzotta Winery’s apple wine. They make all of their fruit wines from the actual fruit juice – they don’t just add the fruit flavor in later. That makes for a fruit wine that tastes very true to the fruit. In this case, it’s like drinking an apple. That has alcohol in it 😉 (PS – check out this drunken strawberry shortcake I made a while back using their strawberry wine! So simple and delicious!!)
You could easily make the mulled apple wine in a slow cooker if you’re short on stovetop space. Don’t leave the orange in for too long, or it can overpower the other flavors.
I tested this recipe out with my mom and sister a couple weekends ago, when we were visiting my sister. She only lives a couple hours away, but we always plan a weekend where we can have some girl time. We usually check out a few new places – restaurants or sights – but this time was very low-key. We ran some errands, went to Target twice, went to one new restaurant and one old favorite.
One of the highlights of the weekend was going to the library…because we’re all nerds. The other highlight was spending time in her kitchen. We baked these muffins and obviously tested the mulled apple wine. We drank our wine while watching Clue, which is basically one of the best movies ever. (Also, aren’t her owl measuring spoons the cutest?!)
I hope you can sit around with your favorite people, drinking some mulled apple wine, maybe while eating a few snacks or Thanksgiving dessert. Cheers to the holiday season!
- 1 bottle Mazzotta Winery apple wine
- 1 cinnamon stick broken in half, plus additional for serving (optional)
- ¾ teaspoon whole allspice
- ¾ teaspoon whole cloves
- ¼ orange, sliced
- In a pot on the stovetop or in a slow cooker on low, add all ingredients except any cinnamon sticks to be used as garnish. Heat gently until warmed. Turn down the heat if necessary to maintain the temperature without allowing the wine to boil.
- Add the orange for the last 20 minutes.
- Serve warm, garnish with a cinnamon stick, an orange slice, and some of the spices.
- Leftovers can be refrigerated.
Thanks to Mazzotta Winery for sponsoring this post, and thanks to you for supporting the businesses that support TGBG! All opinions are my own.