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The Nightingale Mulled Wine

Recipe courtesy Carrie McCabe-Johnston, co-owner, Nightingale, Minneapolis, MN

Carrie McCabe-Johnston, co-owner of food and cocktail lounge Nightingale in Minneapolis, has included mulled wine on her winter menu since 2013, and has seen its popularity grow.

“I had a woman call in October to see if it had hit the menu yet. It gets so cold in Minneapolis in the winter months that [mulled wine] is a perfect warming drink, ” McCabe-Johnston recently said on a day when the temperature was -13°F.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect apres ski hot cocktail, or just live in a place with cold winters, we can’t think of a better way to warm your insides than with a hot winter cocktail like this one.


4 bottles Spanish Grenache
3 oranges, zested and juiced
1 cup brandy
1 cup Cointreau
8 cloves
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 tablespoon whole coriander seed
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole aniseed
2 bay leaves
3 canela sticks (or substitute cinnamon)
2 cups brown sugar
1 (3-inch) piece ginger, peeled and sliced


Simmer all ingredients together about 15–30 minutes, until well-seasoned and flavored. Strain before serving.