Friday, 11 December 2009

Apple & Spice Vin Chaud


When it is cold outside and getting out from under the blanket seems like a real chore, you have to start looking for things to stoke the inner fires. Steaming mugs of mulled wine certainly do the job, and are one of the best things about the Christmas season in the Northern Hemisphere. This white wine and apple juice version is a really delicious alternative that tastes just as festive as the classic spiced red wine. I used about a quarter of the amount of sugar recommended, which was about right for my palate, and instead of a strip of orange peel I used a quartered calamondin. Warming, comforting, delicious and festive!

17 comments:

HH said...

Oh delicious FC!! And how cute Urchin is!!! It is a terrible thing about being so hot here that one doesn't want to drink mulled wine so much. My next UK/Northen Hemisphere christmas I will be full of Mulled wine and its various incarnations from November through to January!!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

That sounds delicious - haven't come across that before.

And your cat knows where's best, doesn't it?! ;)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, just what I need. I need to have a crock of it by the door to welcome me from every dog outing!

kat said...

I love hot spiced wine but never thought of doing it with white.

George Gaston said...

Perfect timing.... here in the States, we are under a deep cold snap and this will definitely help warm the soul & toes. Many thanks...

Foodycat said...

HH - she is a bit adorable, isn't she?

Forkful - she sure does!

Natashya - you could get the dogs little barrels to carry around their necks?

Kat - It never occurred to me, either!

George - you will love it!

A Year on the Grill said...

what a great picture!

I have had one bad experience with mulled wine... Thanks for the kick in the arse to give it another try. I like the idea, but so far I have had disappointing results

mscrankypants said...

Was there a recipe in this post? All I saw was the sweetest little kitteh looking at peace with the world :-).

Foodycat said...

Grill - you should have another go!

Cranky - she is such a time waster! I intend to do something and then spend an hour just gazing at her.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Ohhh your cat :) So very gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, that recipe sounds lovely - I bet it smells amazing.

The Cat's Mother said...

Cat steals the show.

White gluhwein is a really interesting idea. Too hot here for anything above 12C

Debinhawaii said...

Urchin looks all warm and cozy! ;-) I love anything with apple juice or cider in it. This looks perfect!

Foodycat said...

Laura - it does smell gorgeous

Mother - I think you could do a very nice chilled version, too!

Deb - I can see this as a simple saturday sipper for you!

The Cat's Mother said...

that is a very interesting idea - apple & spice vin froid. Daryl would love it even post India.

Chef Aimee said...

I love that you used white wine. While I liked mulled cider, I get tired of red all the time. Thanks for sharing a great twist!

Foodycat said...

Mother - I think I would do a spiced simple syrup, and then proceed with chilled wine and apple juice.

Aimee - you should definitely try this one as a change.

Ben said...

I wish I was as furry as a kitty to stay warm in the winter, LOL. But I guess I'll need to start drinking some mulled wine in addition to my coffee, teas and hot chocolates. I love hot drinks.

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