Monday, December 27, 2010

Paris, France: Vin Chaud/Gluhwein/Hot Wine

Be it France, Germany or the UK and you're likely to experience the flavorful mulled hot wine cocktail during the holidays. Vin Chaud (pronounced vehn-show) was my choice this year and contribution to the family Christmas day gathering. I figured that I'd bring a bit of France to the party, having just returned from Paris days earlier. It has been my experience that local bars and open air Christmas markets, in particular, throughout countries in Europe, offer the spiced hot drink this time of year to help warm the soul. Its smell is festive with hints of sugar and spice, and it's sometimes garnished with a slice of fruit.
With New Years Eve less than a week away I thought I'd suggest the drink as a consideration when entertaining guests. It's literally and figuratively, an extention of warmth that tastes and smells good too. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

2 bottles of red table wine
4 ounces of brandy
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Tbl clove
2 Tbl nutmeg
orange zest (from 1 large orange)
granulated sugar to taste (honey and/or brown sugar instead of sugar, optional)

In a large pot mix all ingredients, stirring periodically. Simmer only. Don't boil. Enjoy the aroma and the taste.


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