They may be frozen but will warm your spirits: Mulled Wine Popsicles!

If you're a wine fan and haven't yet experienced mulled wine during the holidays, get ready to feel very cosmopolitan. It's like winter's answer to sangria: fruit and spices soaking up the wine, infusing it with all kinds of wonderfully sweet and piquant aromas. Add a splash of rum or amaretto and light the fireplace... did we mention that this winter libation is served warm?

Or... is it? If global warming has spoiled your hopes of a white Christmas and it's 70°F outside, then why not have a mulled wine popsicle instead? (Psst! You can still taste the warm version while you're making it!)

You will need (for 8 servings):

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • lemon zest (organic)
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 2 whole star anise stars
  • 3 corns allspice
  • 10 cinnamon sticks

Here's how:

  1. Setting aside 8 of the cinnamon sticks, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and warm on low-medium heat. Note: don't bring to a boil! 
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove all of the solid ingredients and let the remaining liquid cool.
  3. Pour the cooled wine mixture into a popsicle tray and place in the freezer until partly frozen, but not completely solidified. 
  4. Insert a cinnamon stick in each popsicle and replace in freezer and allow to freeze completely.

Now it's time to gather all of the adults in the house and join in a festive toast! Cheers!


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