If you’re looking for a tasty beverage to ring in the New Year, but aren’t too keen on alcohol, I highly recommend this recipe for alcohol-free mulled wine.
It’s tangy and tart: the cranberry juice gives this “wine” enough of a kick that it tastes more like alcohol than sparkling cider or your average mocktail. What’s more, this alcohol-free mulled wine will strengthen your body. Grapes, a longevity food, will revitalize your liver. The warming spices will help to stabilize your blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, disrupts the heart, and takes a toll on the liver and pancreas, according to the NIAAA. In the book “Cleanse to Heal” by Anthony William, “alcohol hurts the liver and lowers your immune system”.
You don’t have to miss out on flavor or fun when drinking alcohol-free mulled wine. This delicious drink is full of flavor, and is one way to add in more healing foods into your diet.
Grapes – Since ancient times, grapes have been used as a medicinal food. They have high amounts of antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-aging, and anti- cancerous. The black varieties of grapes are by far the most nutritious.
Cranberries – These are also high in antioxidants, making them an anti-aging and memory enhancing food. Like grapes, they also are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. With their ability to open up congested bronchial tubes, cranberries are healing for respiratory conditions.
Alcohol-free Mulled Wine
Credit: adapted from https://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/alcohol-free-mulled-wine
Ingredients4 cups red grape juice
3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
1 cup filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
10 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
3 thick orange slices
1/4 cup maple syrup