Thursday, December 17, 2015

DIY Mulled Wine Kits for Teachers



Tonight we elfed (yes, that is a verb!) and finished the presents for the teachers. Last day of school tomorrow. All the gifts are ready, but we will still need to get up early and make a kale salad and bake some gingerbread for D's class party. Then, they'll be officially on Winter Break! Phew.

For some I created earrings. For others I made flower arrangements in Christmas-themed mugs. And for still others we put together DIY Mulled Wine kits.

The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf blended the spices, so I don't know the proportions. But I do know what he put in there. It smelled fabulous.


Ingredients

  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • whole allspice berries
  • dried ginger
  • rainbow peppercorns
  • green cardamom pods
  • white cardamom pods
  • whole cloves
  • ground black lime
  • Also needed: cheesecloth, cotton twine, whole oranges



Procedure
Blend all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, breaking up the cinnamon sticks into small pieces.


Place the spice blend into jars. Include instructions - Place 1 bottle of red wine, 2 T honey or organic granulated sugar, 1 T spice blend (tied into cheesecloth with twine), zest and juice of 1 organic orange into a large saucepan. Warm till wine begins to steam but don't let it simmer or boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 or 15 minutes. Rewarm before serving. Cheers!

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