For this year’s holiday season, we’re doing something different: A DIY wine mulling kit!
The Gift that Keeps on Giving For this year’s holiday season, we’re doing something dif ferent: A DIY wine mulling kit!
Mulled wine is a traditional seasonal drink made with red wine— but it’s so much more. ( And if you’re like me and don’t drink alcohol, you can make a nonalcoholic version that’ll work just as well.) You can think of mulled wine as “wine plus one,” with the “plus one” being a rich concoction of delicious— and incredibly healthful— spices.
Chef Jeannette and her family decided to give wine mulling kits as Christmas presents this year, so we all get to benefit. That’s because she put the whole thing in an easy- to- follow recipe that will allow you to delight your friends and families with this original and thoughtful gift.
Since wine is our featured ingredient this month, let me make sure to give props to the supporting cast of this inventive little recipe. Apple cider is a rich source of many of the plant compounds found in apples, including flavonoids, which have multiple documented health benefits. Ginger is antioxidative, anti- inflammatory, and may even inhibit inflammatory processes in the brain. Cinnamon also does double duty as an antioxidant and antiinflammatory, and in some studies has been shown to help lower blood sugar.
In Asian medicine, cloves are thought to be among the spices that promote energy circulation and increase metabolic rate. And the highly respected German Commission E has approved their use as antiseptics and anesthetics. People who have eaten in Indian restaurants are probably familiar with cardamom because it’s usually offered in a dish by the cashier’s station— like mints in an American restaurant. But cardamom does a lot more than make your mouth taste good after eating. It’s been used as a digestive aid since ancient times, and is known for easing stomach cramps, stimulating digestion, and cutting mucus.
So assemble this lovely little package and send it off as a gift. It’s as easy as counting to four. One, you make the spiced syrup. Two, you pack it up with a bottle of red. Three, you throw in an orange ( or apple) and a box of raisins. Four, you print up the directions, stick it all in a nice gift box, and you’re done. Chef Jeannette even offers a sugar- free option. This will be a stocking stuffer gift everyone will love!