Mulled Wine for the Holidays

Mulled wine is a simple holiday beverage that can be made ahead of time, stored and brought out for intimate holiday gatherings or put together while you cook your holiday meals.

In a large pot or crockpot cook ingredients on very low heat for 10 - 15 minutes:

1- 2 bottles of red wine

1 orange cut into wheels

1 apple cut into wheels

¼ cup of dried fruits to add additional sweetness and complexity

8 cloves

8 allspice pods

8 cardamom pods

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

Add sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste and serve in a heat resistant mug, garnished with citrus or a cinnamon stick.

In Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine this is a digestive and spirit lifting formula, perfect for festivities and eating during the colder parts of the year.

  • Cloves or Ding Xiang are very warming and good for the digestion

  • Allspice or Duo Xiang Guo is an anti inflammatory and mood lifting herb

  • Cardamom or Sha Ren is also warming and aids digestion

  • Cinnamon or Ruo Gui is warming, regulates sugar and improves circulation to the whole body

  • Star Anise or Ba Jiao Hui Jiang is also warming, uplifting and may have anti-flu properties.

For those who do not drink or want to avoid alcohol, these same fruits and herbs can be added to a strong brew of your favorite black teas or to warm juice like apple or pomegranate.

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