Discover the Warmth of Hot Wine With Mulling Spices
Are you in a mulled wine state of mind? Here's an easy recipe: Mix a full bottle of wine with two cups water and a carton of Aspen mulling spices in a crock pot. Heat, garnish with fruit slices and/or cinnamon sticks and enjoy!
If you use one of our St. Kathryn Cellars fruit wines, such as Apple Blossom, you'll instantly create the fresh apple taste of a wassail bowl. This is perfect for enjoying after winter activities, such as skiing or walking in the woods. Other St. Kathryn Cellars wines that are good for mulling include Golden Pear, Cranberry Kiss and, for a real taste sensation, Pomegranate!
Meadery of the Rockies makes honey wines that are also excellent for mulling. Try our Blackberry Honey Wine, which is on special at our Palisade tasting room during January. Apricot, Peach and Sweet Honey Wines are other good selections. We use orange blossom honey to make our meads, which lends a subtle citrus note.
Don't have packaged mulling spices handy? Then, make your own! Simply add whole spices from your spice pantry. Good additions are whole nutmegs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, star anise, ginger, cardamom pods and a few peppercorns. Dried fruit may include citrus rinds, raisins or apple chips. Let the spices steep in the wine for about 30 minutes, never letting it boil. Strain out the spices, pour into mugs or a thermos and garnish with a lemon slice or a cinnamon stick. Below, a selection of these spices is pictured. Experiment and find your own signature combination!