I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Mehmet and I spent a great few days at my Mom’s eating the best food and enjoying some family time. I think this week, the week between Christmas and New Years is my favorite week of the year. It still feels like the holidays, but everything is so much more relaxed and you can just sit and enjoy some of the simple things, like this delicious mulled wine!
One of the things that kept me from posting as much as I would have liked to the past few months was a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam. I had never been to Amsterdam, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! The trip was absolutely wonderful. Amsterdam is a beautiful city, everywhere you go you feel as if you’re walking in a painting.
Of course the best part of any trip is the food! We spent our four days in Amsterdam constantly eating. Bitterballen, oliebollen and fries with mayonnaise are now some of our new favorite foods! On top of all the great food, we also had some great drinks. One I particularly liked was mulled wine. As much as I love wine, I had never had mulled wine before. It was the perfect drink to enjoy while trying to warm up from the Amsterdam cold.
I enjoyed the mulled wine so much that I was still craving some when I got back home, so I experimented a bit and learned to make it myself. It’s actually very simple and you can customize it to fit your tastes. If you want it a little sweeter, add more honey. If you want it more spicy, add some extra cloves. I’ve read you can also add brandy to mulled wine. I don’t particularly like brandy, but if you like it give it a try!