Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Tis the season to get tipsy

 With Christmas just a week away and the temperatures dipping below 30 degrees for the first time this season I felt that a few hot cocktails were in order. After a trip to the food and liquor store I came up with two ideas: Mulled wine & Hot chocolate with marshmallow vodka.  These are perfect for a holiday get together or for a cozy night home in front of the fire, both very different in taste but delicious all the same.

Mulled Wine:
1 bottle of inexpensive red wine, we used Vampire Merlot because it is our favorite
2 T mulling spices
1/3 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the wine into a 2 quart pot and heat on medium-low.

 Add 2 T of mulling spices and stir

 Add sugar and stir

Pick out cute mugs, this is a crucial step in the process

After 25 minutes of simmering, pour into a mug, stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

The first batch was so delicious we decided to try it with SkinnyGirl Sangria, which was just as tasty!

Hot Chocolate with marshmallow vodka and cinnamon whipped cream:

First choose the hot chocolate of your preference, we used Ghirardelli double chocolate and it was fantastic
8 oz of milk ( I used almond milk)
1 shot of pinnacle marshmallow vodka per mug
dollop of cool whip cinnamon

Warm the milk on the stove top then add chocolate. Wisk the two together and simmer for 5 minutes.

 Pour into mug and add a dollop of whipped cream.


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