Cocktails and Other Fun Things

Mulled Wine

Last week I crafted. This may not seem like a big deal, except that I don’t craft….or draw…or paint…or really do anything artsy. I’m absolutely the least artistic person I know. But, last week, I did it. I crafted a wreath to hang above my fireplace. Without the encouragement of a few friends this wouldn’t have happened. A couple of them suggested we get together for a crafting day. I agreed to hold the craft day at my house, though doubted I would actually craft anything. I was pretty insistent that I would be there for the good company and a glass of wine and reminded them all of the paint and wine night we attended a few weeks earlier. Let’s just say that my skills definitely lay more in the wine part of that night.

All was going according to plan, until I walked into Michael’s. As anyone can attest to, when you go to Michael’s, it’s hard to walk away without feeling a little inspired and without an armload of items for newly imagined projects. My take was a giant, undecorated wreath, a handful of fake poinsettias, lace and feathers.


And so, on a snowy Sunday, we crafted, we laughed and we warmed ourselves with mulled wine.

2 bottles red wine

4 star anise

4 cinnamon sticks

10 cloves

2 oranges, sliced

1/4 Cup maple syrup

1/4 Cup sugar

1/2 Cup spiced rum

Combine the first 6 ingredients in the slow cooker.

Place the sugar in a saucepan and heat over low-medium heat until it begins to melt and caramelize. Add the spiced rum and stir until it is well combined. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.

Cook in the slow cooker for at least 2 hours on low heat before serving.




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