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INDIANAPOLIS — Shake it up like a mixologist for your next holiday party.

Denis Kurmanov of Hotel Carmichael shares delicious recipes for a batch of mulled wine (hold the cinnamon, please) and a twist on the classic cosmo.

The Perfect Mull

1 bottle of wine, choice of red

1 star anise

1 orange, peeled (keep the peels, eat the fruit!)

4 cloves

4 strands of chili pepper (or 2 dashes of chili red pepper flakes)

3 strands saffron

10 almonds

One small sprig of rosemary

One dried bay leaf

1/2 cup blueberries, cut in half

1 cup pomegranate/cherry juice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp honey

Christmas Cosmo

1.5 oz botanical vodka (grapefruit rose)

1 oz orange or mandarin liquor

1 oz lime or lemon juice 

1 oz cherry/pomegranate juice

Optional (but recommended): 1/2 teaspoon of raw or brown sugar