Spiced Wine and Murder

26th November 2013

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.]

mugLove 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hmm, I’m getting over a cold and this sounds much better than fruit juice and apple cider…

    • Most definitely! It’s like a wine toddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy Shamroe

    You are my favorite person. Also, I am going to make your spiced wine for my women’s networking night this month!

    • Why, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Do it. They will thank you.

  • Yvette

    This sounds like just the ticket for these northeast chilly nights. Perfect for those curled under the blanket and reading till 3 in the morning nights which tend to happen a lot around here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes! So perfect for those nights. I need to stock up on cheap wine…

  • First, of course, I thought you were planning on murdering someone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Second, I agree with you about the Wild Turkey. I like Wild Turkey American Honey myself and it might go perfect with you recipe.

    • Ooh, I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

  • iliana

    That mug is too cute! It has been very cold in Texas hasn’t it? I’ve been drinking hot chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Guest

    Ooo, so exciting – like an early Christmas for me. First, I see traffic in my Etsy feed from “thepickygirl” (always good to see traffic). Second, I discover a new amazing blog to follow (SCORE). And third, one of my mugs gets a free shoutout (whatWHAT?!)! Thank you, Jenn. If you didn’t already order the mug, message me in my shop, and I’ll hook you up ๐Ÿ™‚ victoria ~ re.Served

  • Grace Troxel

    Mmm, this sounds delicious!

  • I’m sorry you’ve gotten the worst of early winter! :/ Hope it’s drier and warmer there now! Love your recipe for spiced wine — it’s close to ours altho we add sugar rather than juice. I’m going to try yours tho. I also toss in a handful of cloves because I just love that taste with citrus and wine.

  • bybee

    Nice recipe!

  • Coffee & a BookChick

    I love, love spiced wine and haven’t made it in much too long. I’ve been remiss with reading everyone’s blogs and I wish I hadn’t since this recipe would have come in mighty handy for the holidays. Hope you had a great holiday season and New Year, Jenn! Sorry I have been so absent from your site, but I pledge to do much better this year ๐Ÿ™‚