A lot of people are participating in dry January, or trying to drink a bit less this month. But there are not a lot of great alcohol free options available. Zero alcohol wines, beers and liquors tend to be too sweet or really bland. However, add all the mulled wine spices and flavours to that non-alcoholic red wine, and you have a delicious alcohol free drink! My sister doesn’t drink, so over the holidays I made two batches of mulled wine – one with real red wine (for me, of course!) and one with zero alcohol red wine (for my sister). I tried both mulled wines back to back and could barely tell the difference! So if you’re looking for a good non-alcoholic drink to get you through dry January, this delicious alcohol free mulled wine is your answer. And if you’re still drinking this month, don’t worry, this recipe is equally as delicious with real red wine!
1 bottle alcohol free red wine (I used Vin(zero) Alcohol Free Cabernet Sauvignon from Loblaws)
1 apple sliced in half with cloves stuck into it
4 cinnamon sticks
3 orange slices
1/2 tablespoon allspice (in a tied tea bag)
Combine all ingredients into a large pot. Simmer for at least an hour. Strain first and then pour into glasses. Garnish with cinnamon stick, orange slice and apple slice. Enjoy!