Last New Year in Paris, Joe and I stumbled across the cutest Christmas market on the streets of the Champs Élysées. It was freezing cold out and we were still in a little pain from enjoying New Year’s Eve a little too much the night before! Luckily, in our freezing cold stupor, we found a stand selling Vin Chaud (hot, mulled wine). One sip of this delicious wintry beverage got us back to zero and ready to enjoy the rest of January 1 in Paris!
Since Paris isn’t in our plans for this winter, I wanted to try and make our favorite holiday drink at home. And guess what? My hardly-domestic self did it! And guess what else? This recipe is soooooo easy!
We “made” Christmas at our apartment the other night while sipping on Vin Chaud. The Christmas tunes were on, ornaments lined up, and dressed in matching Christmas jammies, Joe and I decorated the apartment together. It was so much fun and I think that adding this beverage into the mix pushed us that much more into the Christmas spirit! It’s safe to say that this will be a tradition for us each holiday season to come.
So without further ado, here’s that super simple recipe to try at your next holiday gathering!
Vin Chaud Recipe
(Makes 4-6 drinks)
- 1 bottle red wine (Use a fruity red wine for the best flavor. We used Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz.)
- 1 5-inch by 1/2-inch piece of orange zest
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cardamom pods or 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 5 whole cloves
- 4 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup of cognac, plus 1/2 shot of cognac per glass (We used Courvoisier V.S.)
- Mix wine, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, sugar, cardamom, cloves, and cognac together in a large saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to just under a simmer over the lowest stovetop heat setting. Do not allow the wine to boil. The mixture is hot enough when the sugar is dissolved and it begins to steam. (About 20 mins)
- Add 1/2 shot of cognac to each mug and ladle the mulled wine over it.
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