The Ultimate Winter Warmers: Mulled & Loaded Pairings

Guys it's time to get serious about internal body heat regulation by way of beverage and food consumption. And by that we mean it's mulling season! Wine! Cider! Spiked hot cocoa (we're counting it, let us have this one)! Go crazy, MULL ALL DIGESTIBLE LIQUIDS! Or just stick to the regulars, we won't judge you for playing it safe. We’ve compiled 3 recipes whose flavors will play very nice with our bowls so you can go forth, simmer, and Get Loaded!

Canadian Mulled Wine

If the maple is good enough for our flag, it's good enough for our mulled wine! This recipe* throws Canada's most famous ingredient into the mix of snuggly spices, and it will pair b-e-a-utifully with the Smoking Pig Roast on a poutine base.

  • 1 bottle of a full bodied fruity red (the usual suspects are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or Merlot)

  • 1/2 cup Whiskey or Brandy

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 2 whole anise pods

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 orange peel

Load it all into a pot or slow cooker and bring it to a super extra gentle simmer--no boiling! Feeling a little fancy? Garnish like a grown up with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, or a dash of nutmeg served in a chic as sh*t mug next to your mouth watering bowl so you can snap a good pic for the 'gram! Or just glug and gobble sans social media proof.

German Glüwhein

You can never go wrong with good old fashioned glüwhein. Plus it's fun to say, and to spell. Going for a vaguely dryer red is gonna help balance the sweet from the OJ in this recipe,* and the resulting combo will go wünder-fully with the Steak & Cheese Bowl over a base of pierogis!

  • 2 bottles dry red wine–Pinot Noir or Merlot

  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed orange juice

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 3 anise stars

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 5 cardamom pods

  • 6 cloves

  • ½ cup brown sugar

Everything in the pot EXCEPT the wine! Get the sugar to dissolve first, then add the vino and get that soft simmer goin' for a good 15 minutes. We recommend serving in a thick stein so you can feel like a burly German badass, but honestly do you. Prost!

English Mulled Cider

For the crowd that isn't into wine and/or the crowd that just loves apple juice, we give you another spiked drink to mix and mull: Cider. English cider* in all its cloudy, unfiltered glory. The earthiness will go brilliantly with the Quebec goat cheese covered Wild Mushroom & Truffle Bowl on a bed of mac'n cheese.

  • 4 cups unfiltered cider

  • 2 cups of ginger beer

  • ½ cup rum or liqueur

  • ½ cup cranberries (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

  • 1 orange

Use a skewer or something small and pointy to poke holes in the orange and then load 'em up with the cloves! Then get a tasty hot tub pot party going with the cider, the clove-stuffed orange, and the cranberries. Let those three get better acquainted by simmering for about an hour. Toss in the ginger beer and the rum and get cute with some cinnamon stick stirrers to garnish (and to fake sword fight with when your mug's run dry.)


If this isn't a prime set up to Get Loaded we don't know what it is. Go forth and cook your alcohol, we have your food covered!

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*Recipes courtesy of Urban Matter

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