View Full Version : Let's Warm up the holidays!

December 10th, 2010, 05:15 PM
I spoke yesterday about holidays in Germany (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=52.5166666667,13.3833333333&spn=10.0,10.0&q=52.5166666667,13.3833333333 (Germany)&t=h) and a delicious winter drink called Glühwein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulled_wine). On that note, I wanted to share a tradition that I have carried over for the holiday season (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_and_holiday_season).
When the temperatures are frigid, this is a delightfully heated and spiced red wine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_color) that will warm you to the tips of your chilled toes. The recipe is simple and, if you live in a very cold region of the world, it’s guaranteed to warm you right up!
Ingredients (serves 2-3 persons)

1 bottle of dry red wine, please pick the one you like!<LI sizset="226" sizcache="10">1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon) <LI sizset="227" sizcache="10">1/4 teaspoon of cloves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clove)
3 Tablespoons of sugar
a pinch of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
Heat the red wine in a non-stick pot. I only use this because red wine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine) should NEVER be heated in stainless steel or aluminum–the taste is horrible! Don’t boil the wine, instead, bring it to a slow simmer.
Add the spices to taste.
Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring.
Remove from heat and let set for about 15 minutes, for the flavors to blend.
Reheat and served in prewarmed glasses or mugs.

Catherine Bybee
December 11th, 2010, 12:41 AM
I think I've tasted this... Once! I like my wine cold.