Happy belated Thanksgiving. Whew! you know that we celebrated and gave thanks… for all the tasty wine and feel good vibes, along with the other fabulous blessings that I have like you reading this, my family, friends, health, wealth, etc.

Yes, I had a great Thanksgiving spending it with family and friends over my house. It got pretty crazy though. With wine and alcohol all over my windows, I still have yet to find some window cleaners to service them (Yep, that CRAZY!).

Now, we have Christmas to look forward to, and that I do look forward to. I want to share with you a special wine drink that I traditionally make every year for my family. It’s a warm wine drink that’s perfect for the winter.

Mulled wine, a yummy spiced wine concoction for wine lovers like me or to enjoy with the casual drinker. Here’s a great recipe for it by Ina Garten:

The Perfect Wine Drink For The Holidays

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients into a saucepan/pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes for the flavors to steep the wine, almost like tea. Don’t simmer it for too long or it may reduce the wine. Simmering it for too long may also cook off the alcohol (but if that’s your intent, go right ahead. It’s still a warm and tasty drink).

Serve it up in mugs and it’ll be a nice treat for your holiday entertaining. Ooh, I can’t wait!