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Skip the pumpkin spice latte and mull wine or cider instead

Alright folks, it’s mulling time!

Autumn is officially here, minus the crispy leaves, and that means it’s time for tasty seasonal drinks.

PSLs are a given, but (be honest) sometimes you want something different. That’s where mulled drinks come into the picture.

Mulled drinks — apple cider, wine, wassail, etc. — are an autumn and winter tradition around the world, and they’re easy to make.

If you’re mulling wine, you’ll want to go with an inexpensive red wine (you’re going to be heating it on the stove, after all) that doesn’t have a lot of oaky flavors to it (hint: skip the Cab Sauv).

Pour your wine into a saucepan and add your favorite combination of fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, allspice, cloves, orange slices, etc. Remember to use whole ingredients instead of ground when possible.

Next you’ll want to turn your burner to low heat and infuse the spices into the wine. Remember, you’re just infusing the flavors and you don’t want to boil your wine. Keep the heat as low as possible for about a half an hour and then sample your drink. If you’re happy with the flavor, congratulations you’ve mulled wine!

You can follow the same steps with apple cider to make mulled cider. Stick with flavors that will complement the apple — cinnamon, orange peel, cloves — to enhance the flavor of your drink.

Here are recipes for you to try for making mulled wine, mulled apple cider and wassail. Let us know what you think!

Do you have a favorite mulling recipe? Share it in the comments and we’ll put together a list of reader recipes.

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