*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for contest and review purposes. The recipe and opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
A few months ago I received an invitation to join top bloggers in creating a cocktail using “Stirrings” Mixers and Rimmers. Now, I have to be honest, I don’t drink alcoholic beverages! At all! (We’re dryer here than the dry years of Prohibition!) So I am the LAST person to enter a contest for creating a new, exciting, and delicious cocktail. I was however, extremely honored they approached me.
I was about to politely decline said offer when I realized there are a LOT of people, like myself, who don’t drink. I recall back in my Escrow Officer days, (same time as a prohibition!), attending parties where everyone was walking around with beautiful drinks and I was walking around with my diet soda can. (Not to put down diet soda. It’s great with lunch, and at the movies with your popcorn. However in a fun social setting…uhhh? Not so much so!) I wanted a fun party drink. I just didn’t want the alcohol. So, with that in mind, I did a total 180 and accepted the offer to join the other bloggers in creating a fun and delicious “Mocktail”! Yikes!
When I decide to do something I jump in with both feet and hope for the best! This time was no exception. I had so much fun mixing drinks in my kitchen and letting my creativity go wild! Believe me when I say I had a hard time choosing just one! I blame it on Stirrings! Their Mixers and Rimmers are so delicious! I love Stirrings packaging and vibrant colors! Fun right?!!!
After all the mixing and creating…it came down to the Stirrings Simple Blood Orange Martini Mixer and the Stirrings Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer to create my Slow Cooker Blood Orange Mock Mulled Wine! I’m sure it seems a bit unorthodox that I used a Martini Mixer in a hot beverage…not to mention a Rimmer! (I know right about know you’re asking “Are you sure you don’t drink sweetie?”)
I know! I’m no cocktail expert. However, I honestly think it’s an amazing drink! Even though the Christmas Holiday is over, it’s perfect for cuddling up with your Valentine in front of the fire! The best part? Your kids can join the party. Another BIG bonus…your going to let your slow cooker do all the work! Well, the slow cooker and Stirrings!
To make this “mocktail” you will need a 2 quart mini slow cooker. (You can use a larger slow cooker if you don’t have a mini 2 quart) Add 4 cups white grape juice, 3/4 cup Stirrings Simple Blood Orange Martini Mixer, 10 whole cloves, 3 sticks of cinnamon, a dash of allspice, 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, and the juice of one fresh mandarin orange…
Let’s just pause here for a second! I REALLY wanted to add sliced blood oranges. They are so beautiful! However, y’all know I live in the country, and evidently finding a blood orange in Country Town U.S.A., is as rare as finding a purple unicorn prancing around in my living room!
That said, I begrudgingly sliced one fresh mandarin orange and placed it in the Crock Pot with my other ingredients! Sometimes things happen for a reason! (Thank you small town U.S.A.) The subtle hint of mandarin orange with the full-bodied flavor of Stirrings Simple Blood Orange was absolutely magnificent!
Set your slow cooker to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 2 hours. The beauty of this recipe…the longer it simmers the stronger the flavors. So don’t worry if you forget it’s simmering away and you come back 4 hours later. It will be even better!
To finish the drink, take a small brush and apply a light ring of corn syrup to the rim of your mug, then dip the edge of your mug into the Stirrings Lemon Martini Rimmer. Carefully ladle the warm Blood Orange Mock Mulled Wine into your mug over a fresh stick of cinnamon, and one or two fresh cranberries. Finish off your “mocktail” by garnishing with a fresh slice of mandarin orange.
Isn’t it beautiful! The aroma is mouth-watering and is matched by the amazing rich flavors of the blood orange mixer and spices. I have found my new favorite hot drink!
I loved the subtle burst of lemon flavor from the Lemon Martini rimmer. It was perfection! Not to mention the Rimmer adds a glittery festive feel to the overall appearance of the drink!
I think this delicious toasty Blood Orange Mock Mulled Wine, A cheese board, and a cozy fire with the love of your life,are all any hopeless romantic needs this Valentines day!
If you want to replicate this recipe you can find Stirring Products at my very favorite market…Harmon’s! (Shout Out to my friends at Harmon’s! I love ya!) Stirrings is also on all the Social Media outlets where you can find all kinds of wonderful ideas. I’m including the links below to help ya out.
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I’m including the printable recipe below. I hope you’ll make this drink for your special Valentine! I think you’ll love it as much as I do! This is a beverage that can be enjoyed any time of the day and you won’t need a designated driver! Well, unless deliciously warm drinks put you to sleep!
I want to thank Stirrings for the invitation to expand my culinary abilities and develop what I feel is a delicious new recipe! I had such a wonderful time creating this drink for all of you…My Nesting Friends! I absolutely LOVE Stirrings products! Great flavors, Great taste, Great packaging, and GREAT FUN!