NYC Holiday Scenes

The Main Library
Up 5th Avenue – Saks 5th Ave
Rockefeller Center
Across to 6th Ave – Radio City Music Hall
And over past Macy’s ‘Lego’ Window

(From Master and dievca's meadering walk)
Photos: dievca Midtown 11/2018

Found! Mulled Wine

dievca met Master for a walk in Midtown with a plan to take Holiday photos…she thought because she drove up 6th  Ave. on Thanksgiving and it was relatively quiet – Friday would be the same.  she completely forgot that Black Friday shopping thing…

Photo: dievca Midtown 11/2018

Master was kind enough to slog through the crowds for dievca’s photos. And they decided to finish off the evening with a warm drink.

After heading to the UWS, they couldn’t find the bar/restaurant where Master had seen the placard advertising toasty drinks. As they canvassed the Avenue, dievca spotted a board offering “mulled wine” at a brick oven pizza place. They decided to give it a go~

A good choice!

Glögi, also called Glühwein or mulled wine, is a spiced, usually alcoholic drink, served warm. The original form of Glögi, a spiced liquor, was used to revive messengers and postmen who traveled on horseback or skis in cold weather in Scandinavia.

It revived Master and dievca.

dievca used to get some great mulled wine in Maryland and was happy to finally find a place in NYC. The pizza was pretty good, too.

And if you don’t have a place in your ‘hood, here’s a simple way to make it.

MULLED WINE

Make on the stove-top (or simmer in the slow cooker) and it’s easy to customize with your favorite spices and add-ins, and it is cozy and delicious.  Perfect for winter and holiday entertaining!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine (inexpensive as the mulling spices and citrus will take over)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (stirring in powdered cinnamon works in a pinch)
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
    (You can use a crockpot or instapot, too)
  2. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*Feel free to use your choice of sweetener here, or leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.

**You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply pull out the bundle and strain when ready to serve.

Here’s dievca’s next plan: