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Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine

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:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and heat to a low simmer.

  2. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine.

  3. Turn off heat, strain out spices, and serve warm.

Storage: Store in the fridge and consume within 7 days.

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