Sunday, December 15, 2013

Non-alcoholic “Gluehwein’

After a long day of snow shoveling and first winter storm I felt like gluehwein tonight, but I had no wine at home.  How could I capture the flavors of gluehwein without wine and rum? Tazo Passion tea to the rescue… Tazo Passion tea is a full-flavor, bright red hibiscus tea, and the iced tea version is particularly flavorful. – I brewed a pot of tea with a mulling spice, fresh orange slices, rum extract and sugar to sweeten it up. Perfect! (you can easily spike with using real rum!)

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How to make non-alcoholic gluehwein?
  • 1 quart hot water
  • 1 bag Taxo passion ice teabag (or 3-4 bag regular passion tea)
  • 1.5 oranges, sliced (discard the ends)
  • 1 TB mulling spices (e.g. Trader joes, or make your own with cinnamon, cloves and juniper berries)
  • 2-4 TB sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rum extract
In a pot, heat bring the water to a boil, and add all the ingredients (beside the rum extract). Boil for about 3 minutes, and then turn down the heat. Keep at a simmer to keep the ‘gluehwein’ hot for serving. Now, add the rum extract. Serve with a slice of the orange.

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