Christmas Mischief

One of my favorite short stories…
and A Night Owl Review Top Pick.
What could be worse than driving down a county road on a cold, snowy December afternoon and getting a flat tire… Being locked out of your car by your exuberant dog, acting like a fool trying to get back in when a tall dark handsome stranger stops and then the man doesn’t ask for your phone number.
And my favorite recipe for Gluehwein
1 (750 milliliter) of an inexpensive bottle red wine –
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
A package of mulling spices (3 ounces)*
Cinnamon Sticks
In a saucepan, add water, sugar, and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
Place mulling spices in a cheesecloth. Drop into the pan and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
Turn off the heat and pour in wine until steaming. Remove cheesecloth with spices. (Some people will also add 1/2 cup of Brandy)
Pour hot water into mugs/cups to preheat them, dump the water out and add wine and garnish with cinnamon stick.
*Or to make you own Mulling Spices, place 8 black peppercorns, 6 whole allspice, 6 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 orange rind strips and 2 pieces crystalized ginger on a 5-inch square of cheesecloth. Gather the edges, and tie securely with string.

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