You’ve had your fair share of mulled cider in the fall, but how often have you gone for something different?
This time last year, I was living in a French town that I now often refer to as the Springfield, Missouri of France. It was a mid-size city on the foothills of les puys d’Auvergne—volcanic hills comparable in size to the Ozark Mountains. My childhood best friend, also a 417-land native, was visiting when a group of other English-speakers gathered at my apartment for a dinner party. She made the mulled wine or, as the French say, vin chaud (hot wine).
A bottle of deep red, French wine poured into a saucepan, mixed with fresh orange juice, mulling spices and sugar filled my small apartment with a euphoric scent: This was my introduction to fall booze. I drank the soul-warming beverage again and again throughout my French fall and winter, at gatherings with friends, at cafes with coworkers and the Christmas markets with a French boy—oh la la!
Now, back in 417-land, I’m after something that might have that same soul-warming and head-lifting effect. So, I talked to a few local drink makers and gathered some of their favorite recipes for fall booze to make at home.