New Year’s Mulled Wine

Today’s Musings:

 “Hush, hush, keep it down now, voices carry…” – Aimee Mann

My subconscious, whispering in my ear, played that loop over and over.  How foolish I was to disregard the implications.
I will not be silenced.

Siblings, secreting our history, provide a whitewashed version.
I will not be silenced.

Lovers, patronizingly deciding they know better, advise me not to post it.
I will not be silenced.

Confidants, with murky glimpses of my tale, admonish me for whom I tell.
I will not be silenced.

Childhood memories, keenly recall the consequences of talking back.
I will not be silenced. 

I will speak my truth, I will write my story, I will shout at the top of my lungs, because, finally, whether you choose to believe me or not, I will not be silenced. 

Today’s Recipe:


New Year’s Mulled Wine

I’ve been making mulled wine for years, but my family declared this particular recipe “the best” ever.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 24 whole allspice berries
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 bottle dry red wine

Directions

  1. Combine apple juice, sugar, orange, lemon and spices in a medium pot. Simmer until sugar has dissolved and spices have steeped, about 15 minutes. Do not boil.
  2. Add wine and heat until hot.
  3. Pour through a small sieve into mugs with an orange slice or cinnamon stick in each.

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