Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wine for Christmas

Christmas is a great time to try new wines or use your favorite wines.  We like to have wine while decorating our cookies.  Last year we enjoyed Prairie Berry’s Red Ass Rhubarb wine which you can get at Party Time Liquor in Spearfish.  They conveniently stock many of the Prairie Berry wines so that you don’t have to drive to Hill City to get them.

Will you be having goose, tu
rkey, ham or prime rib? We found wine options to complement our holiday meal.  I have also used wine as a gift of holiday cheer! There are several wine bars in Spearfish that make great places for holiday get-togethers including the Spearfish Creek Wine Bar, Level Design/Lounge, Dolce Vino Lounge and the wine tasting room in Wide Mouth Frog Bakery.

Mulled Wine Recipe

This year I thought I would try hot mulled wine.  I have found some ideas on how to do this but if anyone has tried it please let me know your recipe. While red wine and apple cider are the most traditional of the spiced winter warmers, you can also use cranberry juice, white wine, hard cider, or ale. All of these beverages take nicely to mulling.
  • The primary spice combinations for mulled wine or cider almost always include cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
  •  Nutmeg, mace, star anise, allspice berries, cardamom pods, slices of fresh ginger, orange slices and lemon zest are also good additions.
  • To infuse without making the drink cloudy and gritty, use whole spices rather than ground.
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 stove top 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. Ladle into mugs and serve, garnished with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.

-Linda P.