STRAIGHT UP – MULLED WINE

Mulled Wine at Bar Bocce

Mulled Wine at Bar Bocce

In typical female form, I am always cold. It’s why I keep my apartment at a refreshing 78 degrees, want to be in a civil union with my soup-making Staub Cocotte and have made a bad habit out of secretly jacking up the thermostat in other people’s homes, leading to awkward conversations that end with me crying and offering to cover heating bills. 

While I count skiing and occasionally leaving my flannel-sheeted bed as favorites, my ultimate winter activity is drinking hot cocktails while Boston’s weather dips below the freezing point. Since I can basically never drink bourbon again after the “Hot Toddy Winter of 2014” and spiked cider seems kind of gauche, I decided to switch over to mulled wine, inspired by those on the menu at Bar Bocce, an adorable waterfront bar in Sausalito with year-round outdoor dining featuring awesome grilled prosciutto pizzas, a giant fire pit and (shocker) bocce ball sets on the beach. 

And as I quickly discovered, people are pretty much obsessed with Bar Bocce. After posting a quick photo on Instagram**, I immediately received a plethora of likes and comments from friends everywhere from LA to DC, proclaiming their love for this place and mulled wine. 

Mulled Wine 

(as adapted from Ina Garten and Bar Bocce) 

Serves 2 for a pretty wild Friday night spent in yoga pants watching HGTV

2 cups of apple cider

Half a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon

1/8 cup of raw honey

1 cinnamon stick 

Half an orange, zest + juice (I used a Cara Cara orange for added sweetness)

2 whole cloves

3 star anise (finding these involved 20 minutes of searching and 2 Whole Foods employees)

Orange slice for garnish

Combine apple cider, wine, honey, cinnamon stick, orange zest, orange juice and 2 star anise into large saucepan and bring to a boil.* Simmer for ten minutes. Pour into mugs (or vintage teacups if you are Gwyneth Paltrow and/or happen to have these lying around) and garnish with orange slice and one star anise. 

*Bringing wine to its boiling point reduces the alcohol content by 15%, which is how I justified drinking five of these. 

** My photo of mulled wine got more “likes” than any picture I posted of myself…which was frankly, upsetting. 

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