Citrus Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is the classic winter drink and my version will bring good feelings to your soul and a smile to your face. This Citrus Mulled Wine is made with fresh nutmeg, mulling spices that you can make at home, and Cara-Cara oranges that offer a sweet, citrusy twist and will be perfect after a long day in the snow or a long afternoon trail run. Pair my Citrus Mulled Wine with a rich beef stew, or delicious pasta, and you’ll be happy all year long.

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With New Year’s right around the corner, this Citrus Mulled wine is the perfect drink for all of your 2019 winter festivities. My Mulled Wine has two types of citrus varieties in it as well as ground nutmeg and star anise to really round out the flavor. You can pair this mulled wine a delicious steak dinner on New Year’s Eve and it would even be delicious with a citrus roast chicken.

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Some folks love to add brandy to mulled wine, but I find that brandy makes the mulled wine overly acidic, so I find using a nice cabernet or affordable red wine blend works perfectly to balance everything out so the wine isn’t overpowering the other flavors. If alcohol isn’t your jam; simply double the cranberry juice in lieu of the wine.

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Cara Cara oranges are all over grocery stores at the moment and for good reason. This citrus variety is one of my favorites. Cara Cara oranges have a gorgeous pink hue in the middle and they taste differently from navel and Valencia oranges. These beauties have a vibrant tartness to them with a sweet aftertaste that makes them a wonderful choice to add to spicy mulled wine.

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One of my favorite things about winter is running on the trails in the cold and then coming home to a hot shower or bath, and a steaming cup of mulled wine. I add cinnamon sticks to my steaming mug and in that very moment it’s as if everything is right in the world. Bonus points if you are curled up on the couch with your honey under some warm blankets watching a good movie or binge watching your favorite Netflix show.

This weekend has been a relaxing one for us. We went to the coast on Friday and picked up some of our favorite coffee from our favorite coffee shop in Novato. What can I say? I drive a ridiculous amount of miles for really good coffee.

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I met the most adorable older man while I was there purchasing my coffee Friday morning. He walked in just as excited as I was to be at Dr. Insomniacs. He was commenting on all of the wonderful scones and saying hi to everyone. I could tell right away that he was happy to be alive. I dug his vibe instantly and we started chatting.

The girl at the counter who was helping him was having an off day and treated him poorly. I immediately felt her negative energy (empaths feel everyone’s energies, it’s our greatest advantage and our biggest downfall.) I cannot tell you how strange it is to be able to feel someone’s energy before you even shake their hand. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Moving on.

So the girl was being rude to the man and he called her on it. He asked her if she was having an off day and she played it off like nothing was wrong, but it clearly made her feel embarrassed because she turned bright red and her attitude turned around on the next customer.

I asked the older gentleman how his Christmas was and he said it was lovely. He asked me how mine was and I said it was good. Really good. He then said good. People need more good in their lives. And I said, I couldn’t agree more sir. He noticed all of the coffee I was purchasing and he said, you know that Goat Rock is magnificent ins’t it? And again, I said, I could not agree with you more. We both smiled and told each other to have a good day.

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His positive energy stayed with me all throughout the day and through the weekend. I have a feeling I’ll think of that man and his kindness anytime I’m in public and feeling grumpy. His energy was contagious and I was nicer to everyone after talking to him. I love talking to people and making someone smile. It really works you know. Being kind is free. It’s the easiest thing you can do for someone else. That, and giving a random stranger a compliment. Kindness is free and the world needs more of it.

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So, as we head into 2019 guns a-blazing, and our motivation at an all time high, make sure you are kind to others. Be kind while you hustle and crush your goals. If someone asks you a question, help them find the answer. If someone says hi, say hi back. Just be nice. Treat others the way you want to be treated and that high-vibing energy will come back to you ten-folds, I promise. Try it for a week.

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Hey, you can do anything for 7-days. Then, come back and tell me about all the magic you experienced that week. I’m willing to bet that each day will get better and better. Just wait, you’ll see.

And then when you come home after being nice and spreading all those good vibes into the world, you can sit back, relax, and drink a warm, delicious, cup of my citrus mulled wine. From there, the rest of your month is bound to be amazing!

Much love,

G

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Citrus Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is the classic winter drink and my version will bring good feelings to your soul and a smile to your face. This Citrus Mulled Wine is made with fresh nutmeg, mulling spices that you can make at home, and Cara-Cara oranges that offer a sweet, citrusy twist and will be perfect after a long day in the snow or a long afternoon trail run. Pair my Citrus Mulled Wine with a rich beef stew, or delicious pasta, and you’ll be happy all year long.

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Ingredients:
  • 1-bottle Cabernet or red wine blend
  • 4-cups apple cider
  • 2-cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1-cup fresh squeezed tangerine juice
  • 2 Cara Cara oranges, zested and juiced
  • 1/4-cup honey
  • 2-teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2-teaspoons nutmeg
  • 4-whole cinnamon sticks
  • 6-whole cloves
  • 3-6 star anise (use more or less depending on preference.)
  • 2-oranges, peeled for garnish as well as more nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

Instructions:
  1. In a large simmer pot or Dutch oven, combine the wine, cider, cranberry juice, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and star anise, and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 15-20-minutes over low heat.
  3. Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and more nutmeg.
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