About five years ago, to celebrate New Years my family rented a cabin in the mountains. The cabin was cozy, sensible, rustic with a bunk house feel. The year before we had outfitted each member of the family with cross country ski's, so we were prepared. I was on the hunt for a simple yet festive libation that would warm our bones, Mulled wine was the ticket and has become a New Years cup that we share with dear friends. I have spread my wings this year and am sharing two different yet enjoyable versions of European favorites.
Gluhwein Mulled Wine &Saintly Swedish Glogg
I make Gluhwein with Vanilla Infused Vodka it is the "lighter" more fruity of the two.
Saintly Swedish Glogg is decadent, raisin & almond simmered, cup of yum! This year I made them up a few days before the New Year for convenience purposes. We will pour them into a crock pot for easy heating and serving.
Looking forward to those midnight walks in the snow, well armed with warmth inside.
Peel sections of skin from orange and lemon, Juice the rest of the orange and add it with water to large stainless steel pot. (no aluminum) Over medium heat. Add sugar, peels, spices. (I use a spice bag) Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Watch the liquid level, if it boils down add 1/2 cup of wine to finish the simmering process.
When spice infused syrup is complete, turn down heat to low, add the rest of the bottle of wine and bring back to a gentle simmer, heat about 5 min. Do not boil. Add 1 1/2 cups of Vanilla Vodka allow to sit for 5 min. You may keep heated on low. Serve in clear glass coffee mugs to show off the beautiful burgundy color. Enjoy!
A beautiful drink to share on a winter's night in the hot tub.....