Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine
Are you struggling with dry January, craving for a drink like mulled wine? Or is nothing helping to keep you warm in these cold winter days? Then make this easy recipe that tastes just like mulled wine, but without the alcohol! It also warms you up from the inside, helping you to keep the cold and flu out!
I think dry January is a great initiative, and I think it’s amazing when you are doing it! It must be tough, especially in a long, cold month like January, right after all the festivities filled with joy and many delicious drinks! Luckily for you, you don’t have to miss out on mulled wine this month, as you can just make this recipe to regain that warm and cozy feeling while fighting off illness.
- Red (Concord) grape juice is very healthy. It has more antioxidant activity than other fruit juices, even more than the popular and expensive acai juice! The grape juice is good for your immune system, something you especially need this season. Because the fruit juice is sweet and contains quite a lot of sugar, I have diluted it with water.
- Although your tap water is already filtered and disinfected, still many (even hundreds) of contaminants end up in your water supply, for example pesticides, pollutants, fluoride and chemicals like car emissions and pharmaceuticals, and water treatment chemicals like chlorine. Protect yourself from these harmful contaminants by drinking filtered water. Not only will it taste much better, it will add to your health. This is the water filter I have been using for a while, and I am very happy with it!
- Cinnamon is a warming ingredient, that provides delicious taste and smell to many recipes. For this recipe, I decided to use whole cinnamon sticks instead of ground cinnamon. Not only are the sticks considered to be healthier, if you use ground cinnamon in this beverage it will become clotty and awful. Cinnamon is considered one of the healthiest spices in the world, it is very high in antioxidants and can have positive effects on blood sugar, digestion, immunity, and more. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cinnamon is used to help cure the flu, something many people can use in this heavy flu season!
- Cinnamon and fresh ginger both have antibiotic and anti-viral effects and in TCM they are used to prevent and cure a cold. Ginger is also in the metal element of the TCM 5 elements, the same element as alcohol, and gives this beverage the kick that it needs to substitute the wine with grape juice.
- Mulled wine just can’t do without the sweet and spicy flavor of cloves. Like cinnamon and ginger, cloves are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, helping in treating colds, and boosting the immune system.
- Finally, you can add organic orange peel as a nice decoration and some extra flavor. Make sure the orange is organic, otherwise you can just see the pesticide residue flaking when you are peeling the skin. Yuck! You would not want to drink those toxins! The orange peel does not only look very nice and taste good, it has also many nutrients. In fact, if you don’t slice it too thin, you’ll use the spongy white tissue just beneath the skin that is the healthiest part of the orange!
Now you have a great drink to finish off dry January or any other time you need a healthy, warming, non-alcoholic beverage. Enjoy!
Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine
- 2 cups Organic red grape juice Concord
- 1-2 Cinnamon sticks
- Thumb piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced
- 6 Cloves
- 1-2 cups Filtered water depending how sweet you like it
- Optional: organic orange peel
Pour the grape juice in a pan,
add the cinnamon sticks, add the ginger and the cloves,
add the water to dilute the grape juice.
If you want to make it even more tasty and appealing, add some orange peel curls.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes
Sift the mulled wine and enjoy!