Here in Alabama we had our first white Christmas since the 1800s. They had been predicting it on the weather channel but no one really paid attention ... then on Christmas morning volia SNOW! This wasn't my first encounter with snow but definitely my first white Christmas. Our dog Mini loved it. She looked like a little kid running around in the snow. It took a few minutes to convince her it was okay to walk in though.
With snow still on the ground and melting rapidly I thought it was the perfect time for mulled wine. It's really good with brandy but since we didn't have any I used two bottles of dry red wine, 4 oz apple juice, 5 orange slices, orange zest, 5 cinnamon sticks, 12 whole gloves, and nutmeg. Combine all ingredients and heat.