A lot of this year has been spent indoors, with the holiday season being no exception. Winter is my favorite season and I especially love the festive feel that comes with the holiday season. There is just something about those colorful lights that brighten up the long winter nights. Last year, I spent an unforgettable holiday season in Copenhagen and made so many fantastic memories. While wandering the grocery store a few weeks ago, I saw a bottle of non-alcoholic glögg but upon trying it, found it far too sweet.
This recipe is a fusion between sweet Swedish glögg and spicy, cinnamon-y Korean sujeonggwa. Because of this, it is equally delicious ice cold in the summer or warmed for a cozy winter day. But, trust me, there is nothing better than sitting by the fire with your loved ones, and a warm mug of this non-alcoholic mulled wine in hand.
Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
Ingredients for the mulled wine:
3 cups concord grape juice
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup ginger, peeled
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp cloves, whole (about 6)
1/4 tsp allspice berries, whole (about 7)
1/4 tsp cardamom pods, lightly crushed (about 4)
2 star anise
one orange, sliced
zest from one lemon
Instructions for the mulled wine:
Place all ingredients in a pot and heat to a low simmer.
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine.
Turn off heat, strain out spices, and serve warm.
Storage: Store in the fridge and consume within 7 days.