SEXY MULLED RED WINE… How I spent my Halloween weekend!

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When Erik and I went to Tokyo (aka my favourite place in the world) in 2015, we stumbled upon THE raddest bar ever.

Bar Black Sheep.

It was the very first place Erik & I would tell everyone where to go in Tokyo when they ask for reccs. It saddens me to say this, but they have now closed. You can check it out here though.

Pretty much, it was a cozy little bar that is owned by a Shibu Inu.

Erik and I went on our last night in Tokyo and really wish we discovered it earlier. When we were there, the specialty cocktail was mulled wine. It was heated in a crockpot to enjoy all day. There was just something so cozy about being in Tokyo in the winter, warming up with a spicy mulled wine with my love.

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Fast forward to Halloweekend 2016.

Erik had to go to the midwest so I was solo all weekend. For those who do not know, Halloween is my favourite holiday and I used to take it VERY seriously. I’m talking, November 1st, I am planning my costume, and planning it to the extreme. This year, I’ll confess, I had my costume planned and everything, but I slacked off a bit too much and couldn’t find the dress. Bummer.

On Friday, I went to The Magician + Aston Shuffle… only to realize I really can’t hang like I used to. In fact, I spent all day Saturday at home recovering and meal-planning for the week (team no carryout still going strong).

My big raging plans on Saturday was to take it back to Tokyo – really, my happy place – andĀ cozy up with some mulled wine + my black cat as I watch American Horror Story: Hotel.

SPEAKING OF, I know I am late to the AHS game but I love, love, love Gaga in it. She is phenomenal. I’m very much a creepster, butĀ I was reading all about H.H. Holmes all week. His story is extremely dark but asĀ fascinating as it is dark. My colleague told me that AHS: Hotel was very much inspired by Holmes’s Murder Hotel. I highly recommend reading this – a phenomenal write up. (For those unaware, super cliff notes version Holmes – which isn’t his real name – was a major scam artist and builtĀ a hotel designed specifically to kill anyone who stayed and later soldĀ the skeletons and I’m literally just scratching the surface)

Anyways, I figured that little creepy tidbit made it perfect for Halloween.

And some red wine, of course.

I feel like Red Wine is really just the perfect Halloween drink.

If you’re going as a vampire, it can be your chalice of blood to drink. Seriously, easy af costume idea: vampire fangs, crimson lips, and a glass of red wine.

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{ My favourite All-Clad Measuring Spoons here }

I had a jar of mulling spices from Williams Sonoma so I put it to use. However, you can really make your own – all you need are the typical warming spices: cinnamon, all spice, anise, cloves, orange peel, pepper corns (honestly, you could use the same exact spices as my Pumpkin Spice Bourbon). Put them all in a cheesecloth or a tea strainer, add some sugar, and simm-simma.

NOTE: I advise againstĀ using the powdered spices or it will make your wine murky. Plus, using the spices whole really gets the essential oils out of them.

As you know, I don’t use regular sugar. Only coconut sugar for me (read more about that here). So I subbed white sugar for the coconut sugar. Plus, it has a nuttier, toasty, cozy flavour to it.

It’s as simple as can be. On a very low simmer, dissolve the sugar in the red wine. Add the spices (via strainer, cheese cloth or whole) heat for at least 20 minutes. If using whole, strain and serve. Easy.

Serve in a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick, orange peel, star anise, or all of the above.

Done. Also, your house now smells amazing.

As far as what wine to use, same rule goes for cooking…

Use an inexpensive wine that you wouldn’t mind drinking yourself.

I used the 2014 Omen by Atlas Wine Co. Plus, it happened to go with the Halloween theme šŸ™‚ I’d also suggest theĀ Velvet Devil Merlot (one of my all time favourite inexpensive reds).

It’s also super easy to make for a crowd, holiday dinner, or a party. Use as much wine as you need, and think 2 people per bottle and go from there. Do note it will reduce just very slightly as you cook it.

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You can use any type of glass really: coffee mug, wine glass, glass mugs.Ā This is bad advice but you can even put it in a travel tumbler and take it outside. Hell I’m the last one to judge.

As we transition into theĀ colder seasons and the holidays, this is perfect nightcap and is as comforting as it is easy & extra perfect for snuggling up on the couch to a late night movie.

You can even use this to mull tea, juices (I mulled some fresh apple juice with it yesterday!), bourbon… the list really goes on. If alcohol isn’t your jam, go the juice or tea route. It would be bomb with some grape juice for sure.

Give it a go & let me know what you think!

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If you want to medicate it, use a CBD infused wine such as Mary Jane wines. I have not tried it yet, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a bottle. I’m actually working on a batch of medicated mulling spices. I’ll keep y’all posted.

As for pairings, a horror movie, a warm blanket, black cat snuggles, and cozying up to your love is really the best way to enjoy some sexy mulled wine.

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Do you have a special mulling blend? Let me know!Ā I’m def going to start making my own blends soon – in fact, a dehydrator is on my wishlist for so many reasons!

Cheers & Happy Halloween!

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SEXY MULLED RED WINE
Course Drinks
Cuisine Alcohol, Wine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Drinks
Cuisine Alcohol, Wine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. If you are using a mix, put 3 tablespoons of it in a tea trainer or cheese cloth. If you are making your own mix, in a cheese cloth or large tea strainer, add all the spices. Depending on the size of the strainer, you may need to break the cinnamon.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, mix sugar & red wine over a low simmer until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the spices (in either a cheesecloth or strainer) to the red wine mixture. Simmer for 20 minutes. Be sure that it does NOT boil or the alcohol will burn off & reduce significantly.
  4. Remove spices, or strain, and pour into your desired glass. Cheers!
Recipe Notes

If you are making your own mix, feel free to use as much or as little as you would like. If you're feeling really lazy or if you don't have a cloth or a strainer, you can just add all the ingredients and strain out with a fine mesh sieve or a fine slotted spoon.

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  • tayloraube

    Mulled wine is my favorite holiday drink! We don’t do it enough in the US, but it’s totally everywhere in Europe. Love!!!
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    • I totally agree! I feel like it’s huge everywhere but the US. I think I’m going to have to pull a Gretchen Weiners with Mulled Wine and keep trying to make it happen here šŸ˜‰ xx Shannon

  • Thanks babe! I think you will LOVE it and it’s just soooo comforting. I can’t wait to give your Riesling Wassail recipe a try too! xx Shannon

  • Yum, yum, yum. The PERFECT drink for the upcoming holiday season!!

    • YES! It’s seriously so good and I find adding the coconut sugar (which I know you are about!) really makes a difference & not overly sweet. But careful, you’ll want to start mulling everything!! x Shannon

  • Nathalie

    Hey there! I’m intrigued by this post on mulled wine. I’ll have to get it together on a cold night with family gathered. Sounds great! Great blog by the way Shannon! I remember you always loved wine and culture. I am happy you are following your heart after these years!

    • YES! Def give it a go – you will love and it is SO versatile. So easy to make it non-alcoholic too for any little ones šŸ™‚ Thank you so, so, so much for the love, Nathalie! I am so happy to have you here & you really made my month with this comment. Thank you so much & I hope to see you in the cyberspace world too – email me at shannon@champagneatshannons.com at any time x S