Here’s a wonderful recipe to warm up your summer nights—and it tastes as great as it looks! This colorful libation calls for mulled wine as well as vodka to give it a bit of a kick.
You can use any red wine though we suggest a Syrah or cabernet for their full-bodied flavor. Because it’s mixed with other ingredients, use a quality, affordable wine (and vodka) that won’t break the bank. We’ve also included an easy recipe for simple syrup so you can make your own.
For a bold look, pour this into a white Ember Mug², where the deep crimson color of the wine will really pop.
Served at 136°F (58°C)
Makes 4 servings
Mulled wine can easily be made in a slow cooker. Combine ingredients and set to “low,” then simmer for 2-3 hours. Even if you make your mulled wine on the stovetop, transferring it to a slow cooker set to “warm” will keep it hot for guests.
Did you know that you can make mulled wine ahead of time? The spices will act as a mild preservative, so you can make a couple of bottles and keep them on hand for the next time you’re in the mood. Prepare the recipe as normal (omitting vodka). Allow the mulled wine to cool, and then use a funnel to pour it back into the wine bottles. Recork and store for up to a week in the fridge.
Many cocktails combine wine, lemon juice, and vodka. We've found that this concoction works well as a hot-tail too! Lemon juice and vodka complement the red wine and fill this hot-tail with a touch of sunshine.
For a lovely presentation, we recommend garnishing with 1-2 orange slices, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 star anise pod per mug. If you like it sweet, garnish with summer berries skewered and covered in sugar.