There’s something about the shorter days and crunching leaves of fall and winter that calls us to the kitchen for warmth and comfort food. Next time you’re cleaning up after a cozy dinner, don’t let that leftover red wine go to waste! Use it to make this Mulled Whiskey Sour.
The main ingredient (beside the whiskey, of course) in a Mulled Whiskey Sour is the Mulled Wine Syrup- so let’s start there.
How to Make Mulled Wine Syrup
To make this Mulled Wine Syrup, you can use any red wine you have on hand. Use a combination of different wines, or even wine that has been open for a few days. I would advise against anything super sweet, but you can always just adjust the amount of sugar added at the end.
Put 2 cups of red wine in a saucepan with a stick of cinnamon, 4-5 whole cloves, 2-3 green cardamom pods, ½ a scraped vanilla bean, and the peel of 1 orange. Simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes, or until the liquid has been reduced by half. Turn off the heat and stir in 1 cup of brown sugar. Allow the syrup to cool down to room temperature, then strain out the spices. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Mulled Wine Syrup is a fun ingredient to have on hand – I like to put it on top of ice cream or pastries. The reduction process cooks off most of the alcohol, so this is a good syrup to add to ginger ale or lemonade for someone who is looking for a very low ABV sipper. Try it with waffles or pancakes!
I’ve tried this syrup in combination with just about every major type of spirit out there, and it pairs best with whiskey – literally any kind of whiskey. The deep dark fruity spice pairs perfectly with the warm oaky vanilla flavors in whiskey. It makes for a killer riff on the Blood & Sand with smoky scotch, and adds rich depth to a rye manhattan. My favorite thing to make with mulled with syrup is a twist on the classic New York Sour – I call it the Mulled Whiskey Sour!
Mulled Whiskey Sour
What you need:
- 2 ounces of whiskey (I use Four Roses Bourbon)
- 1 ounce Mulled Wine Syrup (recipe above)
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
What you do:
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker or mason jar filled with ice
- Shake, shake, shake!
- Strain your cocktail into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice
- Garnish with a slice or peel of orange.
The Mulled Whiskey Sour has all the warm spice flavors we crave in the colder months. The Mulled Wine Syrup is a versatile holiday ingredient. It’s the perfect way to recycle leftover wine, and makes a lovely gift!