Have you ever tried gluehwein, or mulled wine? It is a wonderful (adult!) holiday treat. I was first introduced to it through my husband–who once lived in Germany and Italy. Served warm, gluehwein is served on cold days, after skiing or on holidays.
The cinnamon sticks, clove, fresh orange juice, and apple cider blended with a good quality cabernet sauvignon to create a hot drink perfect for thanksgiving family gatherings or parties!
I’m excited to share this recipe with you as part of Blogsgiving Dinner: an annual potluck style collaboration with 25 other super-talented food bloggers. Susannah from Feast + West and Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife are the holiday hosts, an each blogger is sharing a delicious recipe to inspire your upcoming Thanksgiving meal (scroll down for links to their recipes!)
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Mulled Wine with Cranberries and Cinnamon
6 servings (depending on how thirsty you are!)
1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish
1 orange, juiced
10-12 whole cloves
1 cup cranberries and 2 oranges, thinly sliced, for garnish
Combine wine, cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks, fresh orange juice, and cloves in a dutch oven (I was gifted a Le Creuset dutch oven…which I highly recommend, but as a more affordable option my Lodge double dutch oven works well too!). Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Then lower heat to a simmer and warm for 10-15 minutes. Pour into mugs and serve warm with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cranberries.
Wine comes to a boil before turning down the heat to a simmer. While it may reduce the alcohol content slightly, it would take a few hours to eliminate it.
Have fun “decorating” your wine with cranberries, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks!
Just the right amount of sweet and tang, with favorite holiday spices, this is sure to be a new holiday favorite this Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are serving a large crowd–simply double the recipe!
*This drink recipe is intended for adults over the age of 21 years old. Please drink responsibly!
Check out all the bloggers and their recipes with links below. And follow along on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner!
Ginger Pumpkin Beer Shandy by Feast + West
Glühwein/Mulled Wine by Tag&Tibby
White Chocolate Pumpkin Martini by The Culinary Compass
Apple Ginger Punch by The Little Epicurean
Cheesy brussels sprouts dip by Living Well Kitchen
Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread by Life’s Ambrosia
Cranberry Goat Cheese Tarts by Cake ‘n Knife
Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup by The Secret Ingredient Is
Brussels Sprout Salad with Farro and Walnuts by Sugar Dish Me
Sheet Pan Carrot Soup by Macheesmo
Kale + butternut squash mac and cheese by Family Food on the Table
Twice Baked Parmesan Butternut Squash by A Mind Full Mom
Twice The Onion Green Bean Casserole by Melanie Makes
Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole by Dash of Herbs
Easy Corn Casserole by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Cranberry Honey Butter by Little Dairy on the Prairie
Butternut Squash Lasagna by Hello Little Home
Beer-Brined Stuffed Turkey Loin by Beer Girl Cooks
Roasted Mushroom Pot Pie by The Cookie Writer
Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge by Around My Family Table
Carrot Cake by bell’alimento
Praline Pumpkin Upside Down Cake by The Speckled Palate
Roasted Banana Pecan Cheesecake by Lady Behind The Curtain
Chai-Spiced Apple Crumble Blondies by The Crumby Cupcake
Pecan Pie Crumble Bars by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Pecan Pie Milkshake by Brunch-n-Bites