I love streamlining so much. In fact as I write this we've just spent the morning completely cleaning out kitchen cabinets to donate or throw away what no longer is necessary in probably the most used place in the house. And it feels amazing. Even though everything is behind a door, it just feels better. You know? So in that spirit of streamlining, here's an easy way to streamline your next gathering: make batch cocktails. Or in this case, mulled wine!
Our obsession with Scandinavian culture sparked this recipe. Because those brilliant Scandinavian folks have made it easy to create a warm winter drink for a crowd with the potential to add extra liquor. It's like...they just get me. Glögg or gløgg is a wine with spices, sugar and most of the time another liquor added in. In this recipe we made a white wine version (less chances for someone to stain something in your house AND more of a general people pleaser) with spices but also lemon and fresh ginger for a kick. And you know what? Let's classify it as a health kick too. Maybe cold prevention and recovery (thanks lemon and ginger!).
/// Ingredients //
- 1 lemon - in slices with rind
- 1 bottle white wine
- 2 thick slices fresh ginger
- 8 cloves
- 1/2 c vanilla sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 black peppercorns
- 2 star anise
- 1 cup water
- a few shots of vodka or gin if desired
/// Directions /// Lightly mortar & pestle cloves, peppercorns and star anise. Add water into a saucepan with broken up spices, the cinnamon sticks, lemon and fresh ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 30 min. Remove from heat and allow to cool (preferably over night but not necessary). Double strain the spice concentration. Add this, the bottle of wine and vanilla sugar to a saucepan to heat up for serving. Add liquor. Garnish with cinnamon stick or star anise.
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