The Grape Girls Mull It
Posted on December 25, 2014
Yeah. You might need to “mull” something over. You may also rock a “mull” et. But for The Grape Girls, the best way to make it “mull” is in a glass with a few spices and a whole lotta fun.
to heat, sweeten, and flavor (as wine or cider) with spices
“A merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you, for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!”
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
*3 star anise (a star-shaped seed native to China that lends itself to adding a licorice flavor to savory dishes)
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.
Star Anise or no, nothing says “warm winter pick-me-up” like this glass of toasty goodness. Though it has transformed from the purely medicinal tonic of yesteryear, it’s still good for what ails ya.