Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Winter Solstice Yulled Wine

Get it YULEd Wine like Mulled Wine? lol. I'm so clever. right? RIGHT? 

Well, I'm waiting for my brother in law to come up with a clever name for it, but this recipe is inspired by Frugally Sustainable's Yule Brew. Which is almost exactly the same, except mine has cider because, 1. I had some extra, 2. I accidentally bought a more dry wine blend, and needed it to be sweeter.  We had so much fun making it and drinking it I thought I'd share it.  {plus this way I can find it next year!}  Here's the recipe:
2 bottles red wine
2 cups brandy
1 8oz jar of organic apple juice
2 organic oranges, thin sliced {we used some from our tree}
1 finger length fresh ginger root, sliced
6 (sweet) cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup organic raw honey

On Winter Solstice {or Yule} combine all ingredients in large pot on stove top, {or in crock-pot} on low, allow to steep 4-6 hours on low heat. Stir occasionally, do not boil.

thin orange slices from our very own orange tree {interesting they look more like oranges though, more water? or plant food? open to suggestions}
Kids love to help, even if they can't drink it! {we made spiced apple cider for them to enjoy}
Sonja's favorite thing ever is cinnamon! I order huge bags in bulk from Mountain Rose and we use them in everything!
lots of cloves, which are full of antioxidants.
all those elderberries act like a natural cough medicine in this brew, boosting immune support and drying the sinuses.

Enjoy with family and friends.  This recipe makes a lot {which is great because it's meant to be enjoyed with your tribe}, so if you have a lot left over you can pour the liquid into a ball jar, and refrigerate, should last up to one week in fridge, when strained.

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