Chase away winter blues and enjoy a warming drink in front of a log fire.
Sauced’s Mulled Wine
For vanilla syrup (made the night before)
- ¼ c. water
- ¼ c. white sugar
- 4 vanilla beans, cut lengthwise (if no beans are available, substitute 1 tbsp. real vanilla extract)
1. Boil water and sugar together with vanilla beans for 1 minute.
2. Cool and remove vanilla beans. Refrigerate.
For punch mix
- 4 c. house red wine
- 1 c. port wine
- ½ c. brandy
- 1 c. sparkling water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 navel orange or sweet apple, cut into slices
- ½ c. vanilla syrup
- 2 sticks fresh nutmeg
1. Mix together all ingredients in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling. (Hint: Be very careful not to boil — alcohol will cook down.)
2. Transfer to large thermos or carafe. When serving, grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
Sauced, 753 Edgewood Avenue, at Waddell Street (404-688-6554 or saucedatlanta.com).
- 3 apples (peeled, cored, sliced, and sprinkled with ½ c. brown sugar)
- 1 qt. brown ale
- 8 oz. dry sherry
- Peel from ½ a lemon, finely grated
- ½ tsp. each ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger
1. Drizzle apples (excluding a handful) with a little brown ale and bake at 350° for 45 minutes, until the apples are very tender.
2. Put in a food processor until smooth; then pour into a saucepan over medium-low heat.
3. Add remaining ale, sherry, lemon peel, and spices. Simmer gently and add remaining apple slices to the bowl.
4. Serve warm.
Rock and Rye Toddy
Makes approximately fifteen servings
- 1 horehound tea bag*
- 25 oz. rye whiskey
- ¼ oz. Angostura bitters
- Peel of 1 orange
- Peel of 1 lemon (plus extra for garnish)
- 5 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 oz. demerara syrup (1 part demerara sugar to water)
- 2 oz. cherry syrup
- Star anise pods
1. Steep tea bag in a jar with rye whiskey for 2 hours.
2. Remove tea bag. Place all other ingredients in the jar; let flavors marry for 3 days.
3. Strain all solids from the liquid.
4. Serve 2 oz. of mixture to 3 oz. of hot water. Gently stir and garnish with a lemon peel and a star anise pod.
*Horehound is an herb known for its natural cough-suppressant qualities.
The Whistler, 2421 North Milwaukee Avenue, at Fullerton Avenue (773-227-3530 or whistlerchicago.com).