Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mulled Wine Smoothie

Halloween weekend was definitely a successful one. But now it's Tuesday, and November, which means it's time to get focused and back to work. And by back to work I mean sharing another one of my great creations ;) One of the reasons that the weekend was so successful is that as part of the festivities, I was able to invent the best fall-inspired mixed drink ever. And you could almost argue that it is healthy...actually not almost. I am going to come right out and say that it is healthy, as long as you don't go crazy with the amount you choose to consume. And we all need to treat ourselves sometimes, right? AND one of my friends even described it as tasting like "warm apple pie"...just saying ;) So try this recipe next time you're trying to entertain some friends or just relaxing on the weekend...or on a Tuesday.  

Mulled Wine Smoothie


Mulled Wine Smoothie

Ingredients
  • 4 Apples (gala or golden delicious or any other kind)
  • 2 Pears
  • Approx 1 L red wine (I used Trader Joe's Cabernet, or Uncle Chuck as we like to call him)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • dashes of nutmeg, apple, or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Directions 
  • Cut apples and pears into smaller manageable pieces (doesn't have to be pretty)
  • Place fruit and cinnamon in a crockpot and let cook for about 2 hours on high, or until soft. You can also just steam on the stove if you do not have a crockpot, or want to hurry the process along a little.
  • Once the fruit is soft, pour wine into the crockpot and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes, or until it heats up. If you are steaming your fruit, just transfer it to a saucepan, add the wine, and let simmer over low heat for about ten minutes.
  • Transfer the warm mixture to a blender or magic bullet, and blend until smooth, or use a lower setting if you prefer to preserve some pieces of fruit in your smoothie.
  • Serve in mugs, and enjoy the warm, apple-pie tasting goodness! It will seriously blow your mind.
Thanks for sharing! 


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