Stay Warm with Wine!

Winter can be hard to handle with the gray skies and cold temperatures, and sometimes it’s difficult to motivate to leave the house. The best part of this season is hanging out in your cozy apartment with a warm blanket, good friends, and a tasty beverage!

Below we have provided five fantastic recipes for warm, wine-based drinks that are sure to brighten up even the dreariest of winter days.

1. Red Wine Hot Chocolate, from Wholefully


  • ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips (recommended: Ghiradelli)
  • ⅔ cup dry red wine (merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, optional (see notes)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the chocolate chips, wine, milk, half, and half and sugar (if using), in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is hot.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour into mugs and serve


2. Ina Garten’s Mulled Wine, from the Food Network


  • 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
  • 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
  1. 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.

3. Honey Pomegranate Mulled Wine, from Food 52honey-mulled

  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine (low-mid range Zinfindels and Cabs work well)
  • 2cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4cup honey
  • 1Cinnamon Stick (Mexican cinnamon is particularly nice)
  • 1teaspoon whole clove
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large heavy pot, like a dutch oven, or your crock-pot.
  2. Stir well to dissolve the honey, slowly warm over low heat, without boiling.
  3. Keep it barely hot all day, topping up with more wine, juice, and honey, for guests, or down it in one go. No Judgement.
  4. Serve in mugs or thick, heat-safe glass, with a big plate of gingersnaps.

4. Mulled Wine with a Ginger and Scotch Twist from Ginger and Scotch


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 small orange, quartered
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1-inch size piece of ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 shot of Scotch (about 2 Tablespoons)
  1. Put sugar and water in a pot over medium heat and boil water until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except for the red wine and let simmer for 10 minutes. I like to squeeze the juices of the orange and the lemon into the pot before tossing them in.
  3. Add the red wine and the shot of Scotch and gently heat through for about 5 minutes but do not allow to boil or you will boil away the alcohol.
  4. Sieve the wine into another pot or bowl and serve hot.

Cinnamon Orange Mulled Wine, from One Hope Wine


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 (750 ml) ONEHOPE Cabernet
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 oranges peeled for garnish
  1. Combine the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peels and cinnamon sticks.

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