I don't know about you...
but I love me a Mulled Wine around this time of year.
Not to be fickle to our good friend the Cider-
because I like me a good cider too!
Cider is always a good option
if you are doing this with little Witchlings about.
Being Autumn Equinox,
'twas the perfect time for such
It is a subtle but powerful way to bring our intentions into our home,
while infusing ourselves & our families
with the most powerful magick of all
An alchemy of the symbols of the season.
Besides- it sure makes the house smell inviting and warm :)
Start with some good Red Wine-
(Concord Grape & Apple Juice for the Kids)
With positive intentions add in
3 Clove Studded Apples - Love , Protection, Fertility
2 Clove Studded Oranges - Prosperity & Happiness
5 Cinnamon Sticks - Love, Wealth
3 Star Anise - Love
1 Whole Nutmeg - Protection, Wealth
Fresh Ginger - Prosperity, Vitality, Power
Orange or Lemon Zest - Prosperity & Happiness
- To infuse without making the drink cloudy and gritty, use whole spices rather than ground.
Mix it Up
Bring the mixture to a very gentle simmer over low heat.
- Don't let it boil: this can cause spices to turn bitter.
- To really allow the flavors of the spices to infuse into the beverage, you should allow the mixture to simmer on the stovetop for at least half an hour.
It's fine to keep the pot warm for several hours, allowing everyone to sip holiday cheer throughout the night: a slow cooker on low heat is ideal. Every hour or so, you can add in a fresh splash of wine or juice to keep it going.
Ladle into mugs and serve, garnished with an orange slice or cinnamon stick..