Every holiday season, The Spotted Pig offers respite from the snowy trek through the West Village with warm mugs of aromatic mulled wine, a seasonal cocktail for gripping while waiting on a coveted table in their cozy confines.

Ducking into The Spotted Pig for mulled wine and a hearty pre-shopping power lunch has become a seasonal ritual for me when in New York during the hectic holiday season.

Back home in the Deep South when the temperature abruptly drops, this inspired festive and fragrant stovetop batch drink is just the thing and such a comforting mood.

Even the most sophisticated wine drinker will be enchanted by this hospitable infusion of fruity wine (such as Pinot Noir) with hints of cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves.

For a Milk Punch Media variation on traditional mulled wine, feel free to substitute granulated sugar for local raw honey or another natural sugar substitute such as erythritol or Swerve.

Warm and spicy, mulled wine is such a joy to share with friends and family at holiday gatherings—and will take you back to a magical, holiday season trip to New York City every time.

Cheers!

Travel tip: The Spotted Pig at 314 West 11th Street does not take reservations, so go early and settle in with a cocktail while you wait.