Mulled Wine and Ginger Beer Cocktail

Red wine and ginger beer, maybe two of my favorite beverages ever? Possibly. I never thought to put them together until I recently when I attended a pop-up dinner and they served a version of this drink with the main course. I loved the combo of the seasonal wine with the sprightly tickle of the ginger beer. It was one of the more refreshing holiday themed cocktails I’ve had in a while. The wine makes it perfect for pairing with food, but the ginger switches it up a bit to give a different twist.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-OverheadAhhh. That’s the sound that comes to mind as I am writing about this drink.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-ingredientsFor this recipe, you’ll need:

1 bottle red wine

3 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon of cloves

3 orange peels (about one small orange)

8 ounces of ginger beer

Serves 4

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-wine-pourFirst, pour the entire bottle of wine into a pot. Yes, the whole bottle.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-orange-peeledSlice the peel off of the orange.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-orange-peelToss those into the pot.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-cinnamon-sticksNext add the cinnamon sticks.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-clovesAnd the cloves!

Stir everything together and simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes or until very fragrant. Do not let the wine boil. Hello that will kill the alcohol!

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-top-strainNext, strain the mulling spices from the wine. Place a colander over a pitcher and pour the wine. Do this over a sink, it can get messy!

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-strainToss the spices away.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-ginger-pourPour the ginger beer over ice into a glass. You could also combine the ginger beer with the wine in the pitcher and let people serve themselves.

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-tallAdd the mulled wine and you have the perfect cocktail for sipping at the dinner table!

Mulled-Wine-and-Ginger-Beer-Cocktail_Natalie-Paramore-FrontWhat are your favorite drinks to serve with dinner?

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