This was a stormy week in Seattle. It seems like this year is a year of extremes: a lovely summer, but what is looking to be a very wintery winter. Nothing better than curling up by the fire, wrapped in a blanket, nursing a delicious warm drink!
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we have to give up alcohol. And thus, drinks like hot toddies and mulled wine were created.
The first time I tried mulled wine was about three years ago, around this time of year. My roommate Adrian had invited David and me to hang out at a cool game store/restaurant called Cafe Mox in Ballard, one of Seattle’s hippest, most interesting neighborhoods. He had also invited some of his coworkers.
Cafe Mox is the restaurant attached to Card Kingdom. The idea is to borrow or buy a game from Card Kingdom, then take it over to Mox, where you can hang out and play to your heart’s content. You get food and drinks, however many rounds as you require during your game session. And Card Kingdom has all kinds of games: family, party, Euros, strategy, Ameritrash, you name it. This kind of place is growing in popularity. Other such places I’ve covered before are AFK Elixirs and Eatery in Renton and Meeples Games in West Seattle.
Back to the story. We played games, discovered Cards Against Humanity, and had a fun time. We drank mulled wine and it was delicious. Since then, Adrian’s friends have become our good friends. Don’t you love when that happens?
Mulled wine reminds me of those cozy, blustery days when we found kindred spirits over good food, good wine, and a lot of laughter. The kind of day that warms your heart. I’ve tried to make it several times and now I finally got it right! I’m definitely having a Tasty Thursday. And Friday. And Saturday, and really any day…
Here’s the recipe; I hope you find as much joy in it as I have.
Total prep/cooking time: 20 minutes.
- 1 750 ml bottle of red wine
- 3.5 cups apple cider (I used Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 orange, juiced
- 2 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)
- 4 whole allspice
- 2 star anise
- Mix all ingredients except for the wine in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the wine. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pour into cups, garnish with cinnamon sticks.