Living in Texas, we don’t often get the kind of weather I hear Northerners (rightfully) moaning about. But if you give me upper 30 to low 40s temps, I’m whining – especially when those temps are accompanied by a soul-killing rain and drizzle.
All I feel like doing is staying in bed reading murder mysteries. Alas, those of us who work have to traipse about in this weather. This evening, though, I came home, threw some odds and ends into a saucepan to make spiced wine and am about to curl up with The Girls of Murder City. I’m pleased as punch and am pushing the papers I need to grade out of my head until tomorrow. They’ll keep for one day.
My recipe for spiced wine came out of desperation. When I first moved into my century-old house, there was no heat of any sort. My house is also pier-and-beam construction, so it gets mighty cold. One night, I threw some wine on the stove, added some cinnamon and ginger and called it a day, crawling in bed with half a dozen blankets.
Since then, I’ve tweaked my recipe a bit, but I’m mighty fond of it. [Note: I don't follow recipes - mine or otherwise - all the time, so this is a make-and-taste recipe.]
Love this mug from Etsy seller reServed by Victoria.
1 bottle of cheap red wine (no need to waste the good stuff on this)
2 cups apple juice
1 orange, cut down the middle (squeeze the juice, then let the orange simmer)
1 cinnamon stick (or if you’re cold and lazy, a dash of cinnamon
a dash of ginger
a dash of nutmeg
honey (to taste)
This will smell amazing, and it will taste better. Plus, it will warm you to your core. Keep it on simmer, and don’t worry about drinking the whole thing as much of the alcohol evaporates out. If you need an extra shot of warmth, add a drop or three of Wild Turkey. It never harmed anyone.