For cuddling by the fire

For cuddling by the fire

Mulled Wine

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise

Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready.

mulled wine (L) – easy eggnog (R)

Easy Egg Nog

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg + more for topping
  1. In a stand mixer with a wire whisk, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium-high and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally.  DO NOT LET IT BOIL.
  3. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot cream into the egg yolks/sugar. Do this by adding a SMALL amount of the hot cream to the eggs, whisking constantly. Continue adding hot cream to the eggs, whisking fast until the egg mixture is slightly warm. (note: if you mess up this step, you will have scrambled eggs floating in your eggnog)
  4. Add tempered eggs to the rest of the cream mixture in the pot and cook & stir until it reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon and  pour into a medium mixing bowl. Set in the refrigerator to chill.
  6. In a stand mixer with a clean wire whisk & bowl, beat the egg whites with a  to soft peaks.
  7. Gradually add the 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  8. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.
  9. Serve & Enjoy!

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