Traditional Mulled Wine
Mix ½ bottle of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup with one bottle of full-bodied red wine (or a quart of cider). Then heat and serve! Consider garnishing with cinnamon sticks, fresh cranberries, or thin orange slices. For an added kick, add a few ounces of brandy (or other spirits) to the mix. Consider swapping out red wine for rose or white wine! The result will be a lovely pink beverage. Heating tips: While it is often easiest to pour the wine and Wood Stove Mulling Syrup into a pot and heat on the oven (or over the campfire), you can also fill a mug with wine and Mulling Syrup and heat in the microwave. Or try our favorite party trick – combine the wine and Mulling Syrup in the carafe of a drop coffee maker so it stays nice and warm for hours without burning or boiling off the alcohol.
Karen's Spiced Holiday Jelly
This quick and easy jelly has been called “Christmas in a jar” by our testers. Sweet and flavorful, our spiced holiday jelly can be canned for adorable gifts or party favors or it can simply be refrigerated for more immediate use. It pairs well with fresh bread, apples, and pungent cheeses. Best of all, it just requires four ingredients: Wood Stove Mulling Syrup, liquid pectin, a tiny bit of butter, and sugar. For the full recipe and process, click here.
Combine two ounces of vodka with half an ounce (or a little more) Wood Stove Mulling Syrup and an ounce of vermouth (sweet vermouth if you have it). Garnish with a cinnamon stick or fresh cranberries, or coat the rim of your glass with cinnamon sugar for added flare. Tip: A few added dashes of orange bitters never hurt anyone.
Wood Stove Old Fashioned
Our twist on the classic old fashioned, simply replace muddled sugar or simple syrup with Wood Stove Mulling Syrup. Combine two ounces of bourbon, rye, or another whiskey with an ounce of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup, and a few dashes of bitters (orange bitters if possible). Garnish with a long strip of orange zest.
Mulled Wine Spritzer
Combine sparkling white wine with Wood Stove Mulling Syrup to taste. To avoid losing the carbonation, don’t worry about mixing the beverage. The pink syrup will flavor the wine and create a lovely pink cloud at the bottom of the glass or champagne flute. As always, fresh cranberries make a lovely garnish!
Wood Stove Cranberry Sauce/Relish
This holiday favorite gets so much better with a little bit of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup. Wash your fresh cranberries and add to a saucepan with a small amount of water (usually around 1-2 cups for a standard bag) and between a half cup and full cup of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup. Add sugar if you want slightly sweeter outcome. And here's the important thing: add a cup of port or red wine to the mix. Bring it a toil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes until it thickens and the cranberries start to burst.
Mulled Maple Syrup
Perhaps not the most creative of recipes, but still a good one. Mix equal parts maple syrup and Wood Stove Mulling Syrup in a bowl or saucepan. Warm the mixture either in the microwave for 30 seconds or on the stove. If you're like us, you may also want to add a bit of butter to the heated syrup.
Mulled Wine Cupcakes
There are several amazing recipes online, so you can make this as hard or difficult as you like. Consider adding a half cup or whole cup of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup to your favorite boxed cake or cupcake mix for an added burst of flavor. Add more flavor by whipping a couple of tablespoons of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup into your favorite vanilla frosting. Tip: A bit of candied orange peel or crystallized ginger is heaven in mulled wine cupcakes!
Holiday Spiced Pork Tenderloin
Mix two cups of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup with a trimmed pork tenderloin in a large ziplock bag or wrapped in cling wrap (not tin foil!) and marinade overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. While the oven is warming, place the tenderloin in a hot skillet and sear on all sides for about 8-10 minutes. This will allow the marinade to caramelize on the outside of the meat. Then transfer to a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 (medium rare) or 160 (medium) degrees F. After removing from the oven, let it sit for three minutes before slicing. Drizzle a Wood Stove Mulling Syrup, warmed up with pork drippings and four tablespoons of butter, on the serving platter or gingerly over the meat to give it a bit more added spice.
Mulled Wine BBQ Sauce
Mix two cups of Wood Stove Mulling Syrup (one bottle) with two cups of a sweeter barbecue sauce and one cup of red wine. This will form an excellent marinade for ribs, pork tenderloin, Swedish meatballs, and more. If you wish to make a thicker sauce, add one cup of packed brown sugar (light or dark) to the sauce; an extra teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice will further bring out the holiday flavors (ideal for Swedish meatballs).