Aroma Therapy Cocktail
Posted by Jason Newell, Byerly’s Chanhassen wines and spirits manager
Thursday, December 20, 2012
It’s my favorite time of year. The world becomes a feast for the senses: neighborhoods sparkling with thousands of twinkly lights, holiday music (however corny) , the soft fuzzy feel of jackets and sweaters, sweet and rich flavors of holiday foods and of course, the comforting smells of the season.
Holiday aromas always trigger one of my favorite memories. My aunt Linda’s home in Laguna Beach is always full of the sweet smell of cinnamon and clove. She has a wonderful tradition of making a warm cocktail from wine and spices that simmers on the stove, carrying that heavenly smell through the house until it fills every room with holiday cheer.
When you arrive at her home, one of her four daughters brings you a cup to welcome you to the party. This drink is the most incredible aroma therapy. The elixir warms every inch of you on the way down, bringing a smile to your face and chasing away any holiday stress.
Here is her recipe to fill your own home with the smells of the holidays.
Spiced Wine Cocktail
- 1 Cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- 1 Liter St Christopher Gluhwein
- 5 Whole Cloves
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- Peels from 3 Clementines
Put all ingredients in to a crock pot on low. Serve in mugs to cold and weary holiday travelers.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!