Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is the most heartwarming Christmas movie ever made. One of the most humorous scenes in the film is when George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) brings his endearing guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), to “Nick’s” seedy bar where Clarence orders “mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves. Off with you, me lad, and be lively!”
Although Nick was not amused with the drink order, the idea of mulled wine makes mouths water!
To make mulled wine at home, follow this recipe from It’s a Wonderful Life: Memory Book by Stephen Cox.
Clarence’s Mulled Wine Recipe
2 1/4 cups of water
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 bottles of red wine
1/2 cup of cognac
Lemon wedge (optional)
Bring the water, cinnamon sticks, clove and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the wine, then heat slowly until hot again. Stir in the cognac, and remove from heat. Pour into festive mugs, moose or otherwise, and add a twist of lemon.
For a Canadian twist on this Christmas recipe, replace the wine with apple cider – and a dollop of maple syrup – from your local farmer’s market!
Transfer your mulled wine or cider to a punch bowl at your annual Christmas party, or a slow cooker on a low setting to keep it warm.
Every time a bell rings . . . drink!