Monday, December 7, 2009

Pink Julep at the Bar: Festive Holiday Beverages

At the party over the weekend, the mulled wine was a huge hit! It's something I tasted in England when I went there for Christmas in 2003 and I LOVE it!!! It's easy to make and a great way to serve something festive at your holiday gatherings without breaking the bank!

2 bottles of red wine - look for something fruity, but not too sweet and this is an opportunity to use wine that's at a lower price point than you'd usually buy, but not super cheap.
Cinnamon Sticks
Whole Cloves
Whole All Spice
Brown Sugar (optional)
Cheese Cloth
Orange slices studded with cloves

Pour wine into a large stock pot or sauce pan

Combine 10 whole all spice, 10 whole cloves and 5 cinnamon sticks in a doubled cheese cloth and tie closed.

Put studded orange slices and cheese cloth sachet into the wine. Warm up on medium low heat until warm enough to serve, but do NOT boil. Should take about 1/2 hour on medium low. If desired, add a few tablespoons of brown sugar to taste if not sweet enough. For a kick, add 2 tablespoons of Cointreau (I did not do this - it's strong enough).

Serve warm and if desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange slice.

***This recipe also works beautifully with apple juice or apple cider if you're not drinkers!


Pink Julep!


  1. Yum! Mulled wine is amazing. We sampled some at Brown County winery (in Indiana, and conveniently on the way to my grandmother's house!) and couldn't help buying the ingredients to make it ourselves.

    Definitely worth it.

  2. Delicious...I love Holiday drink ideas! :)


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