Can you believe Halloween has come and passed?  That means one thing, the holidays are quickly approaching. And, we all know what that means, our willpower will be tested over and over again.  

We will be inundated with sweets, carbs, and cocktails galore.  Of course, we want to hold on to some semblance of balance, but we also want to indulge.  How do I manage?  

Well, I always eat before I head out to my social gathering.  That way, I'm not too tempted to gorge on the sweets.  My other holiday vice is the cocktails.  Ladies, I love a good cocktail.  

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This desire to indulge in a drink or two and maintain a conscious and healthy lifestyle lead me to FitVine wine.  This line of wines has less sugar and sulfates than others on the market.  Since I also suffer from migraines, sulfates are something I have to watch closely.

With all of this in mind, I opted to use the FitVine's Cabernet Sauvignon as the base of my mulled wine recipe this year.  

There are so many variations of mulled wine, and it's a staple in so many countries around the world, there is no wrong way to "mull" your wine.  I used spices that I enjoy, but if something is calling to you, throw it in the pot.  

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The basic recipe is typically a red with orange, cinnamon, and star anise included.  Also, sugar is usually a component as well.  I chose not to up the sugar content and used more spices.  Either way you mull it, your wine will be divine! And, this recipe is entirely scalable.  

It's also perfect for your holiday parties because you can throw it in the crockpot on low and let it cook while you're prepping your other dishes

Ready to give this recipe a shot?

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Ingredients: makes 2 mugs

1 Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon

3 Cinnamon Sticks

15 Whole Cloves

1 Naval Orange, sliced 

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Zested Nutmeg

8 Allspice Berries

2 Cardamom Pods

1 Vanilla Bean, split and scraped (add the pod to the pot as well)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a pot and cook on your stovetop over medium heat until it reaches a simmer.  Turn to low and cover.  Continue cooking on low for about 20 minutes.  If making a larger batch in the crockpot, add all ingredients and cook on low for 1 hour.  Serve immediately and garnish with additional cinnamon or orange slices if desired.

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