She’s back! This week was my friend Jackie’s birthday and I treated her to lunch at my home (although I confess, it was take out). The event doubled as another Jackie how-to-in-the kitchen. She made a traditional German Christmas Cocktail (Jackie’s parents are Germany born and bred), called Gluehwein, to enjoy for the holidays. Although it’s a little crazy around the holidays, I’m not freaking out as I have in years past. Everything always gets done, somehow, some way. And if you drink a little of Jackie’s Gluehwein, you’ll do it all with a smile! But Jackie warns that if you drink too much – Es kann gerfaerlich sein!
¾ cup of orange Juice
½ cup of sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
1 750 ML bottle of cheap dry (merlot, cab or burgundy) red wine (the cheaper the better, according to the mixoligist)
1-2 oranges, sliced (preferable organic, so pesticides don’t get in the wine)
Combine the first four ingredients in a sauce pan and heat at a low temperature (just below simmer) for 15 – 20 minutes.
Then add your wine and continue to heat for another 15 minutes.
Add the sliced oranges to the mixture, while still heating, about 2-3 minutes before serving.
Serve in mugs (or glassware that can withstand hot liquids).
Trust me, it’ll warm you up and put a smile on your face!
Happy Birthday Jackie!
Do you have any favorite holiday cocktail recipes to share?