Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Each year on December 25 – before sitting down for our traditional Christmas dinner – mom and I prepare an afternoon snack to keep the hungry mouths at bay. We pull out some deli favorites, a variety of olives, some deviled eggs and pimento-cheese stuffed celery sticks and we serve these traditional mid-Amercan hor d-oeuvres with a piping cup of mulled wine.
Reminiscent of wandering the Weihnachtsmarkts in Germany and France, mulled wine (also known as Glühwein in Germany or Vin Chaud in French) tastes and smells like Christmas to me and in my house has become a Diva’s Holiday Tradition!
This year, from my house to yours, I want to share with you my favorite Mulled Wine recipe from Epicurious.com.
The Diva’s Mulled Wine
- 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
- 5 cardamom pods
- 3 black peppercorns
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine such as Côtes du Rhône
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 1 small orange, thinly sliced
- 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
- Special equipment: a 6- by 4-inch piece of cheesecloth; kitchen string
Wrap cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cloves in cheesecloth and tie with string. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 5-quart heavy pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add spice bag, wine, vanilla bean, and fruit. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.
Plus, if you’re looking for a Hostess Gift this holiday season, try wrapping all these ingredients up in a pretty package for an ideal present for family and friends! Don’t forget to include a print out of this recipe!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen right with Lady Lotus celebrating Santa Style!)