Monday, 15 November 2010

Mulled (spiced) wine

In a crabby mood (even the picture makes me wanna cry) so I'm going to be mean. It's my blog, and I'm allowed to be whatever I am. If you are going to be offended in any way, please stop reading and just scroll through the pics. I am so angry and pissed off right now, I should actually start a separate blog to just bitch and vent out my frustration and most importantly keep it private. My other blog was meant to be for that but sadly I now have a lot of relatives, including my parents, reading it...so cant be a wreck there. Circumstances are making me very unattractive...it makes me wanna pull my hair out and bitch slap every single person in my way, sometimes I wish the floor would just open and swallow me in but most of the time, I'd wish I was invisible. I would love to go on and on, but in short, men are seriously inconsiderate. period!!! If you're not married...just give yourself a tight hug, you are the lucky one. This is not just my finding btw :O

On a drunk note, here I am posting a recipe for mulled wine which I have become very fond of after being a regular at the Christmas German markets spread around England during this time. I didn't want to post anything in such a mood but if I didn't, remember the 'pulling out the hair bit'? I'm afraid I might actually end up doing that...so since I've stupidly begun to convince myself that blogging is therapeutic and it makes me calm...I thought I'll post it any way.
Scene- Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park: It would be freezing and maybe even snowing and we'd be huddled under a canopy waiting for the mulled wine....served hot and spicy that you can actually trace it all the way down to your stomach. An over dose of it the first year and an overdose of mulled cider last year has kinda made me a lil less fond this year, but I'd definitely be having a few mugs full this year as well for sure....I mean how can I not..you only live once right? (thank god for that).

Red wine- 1 cup (full bodied, semi- dry but don't waste expensive wine on this..savour that instead)
Water- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on your taste really)
Cloves- 5
1 inch cinnamon sticks- 4
Whole black peppercorns- 1 tsp
Chopped and peeled ginger- 1/2 tbsp
Lime juice- 1/2 tbsp
A lemon wedge

To a sauce pan add the water, sugar, spices, ginger and lime juice. Close with a lid and on low to medium heat simmer for about 15 minutes. 
Take it off the flame add the red wine and lemon wedge. Give a stir and place it back on fire...simmer for 10 more minutes. Make sure you don't boil it.
Pour into wine glasses/ cups and serve hot. 
Notes: Watch while pouring the 2nd round, because you might be a wee bit tipsy and you don't want hot liquid falling on parts that might be of need later ;)
If you don't want an alcoholic version, you can of course do this with apple juice and orange juice (yup have tried that as well)

21 comments:

oliepants said...

I have always wanted to try this but am afraid that some wine fan in our family will beat me with a bottle for tinkering with perfection. I have to take my chances this Thanksgiving and try it out. Helmet in tow! :)

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Hmm for your first para of this post here is a warm hug for you. Now about the drink, spiced warm red wine for the coming freezing weather. Ideal. I loved the first picture :)

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely presentation

Satrupa said...

Hope the wine helped you calm down ..... Cheer up gurl !

sinfullyspicy said...

Hugs to you sweetie! And I m sure you wud have felt thousand times better after drinking that wine! look super!

PJ said...

awww.. dont worry, everyone has such crazy days. you should pat on your back for posting on a crazy day though, i usually just end up sulking and watching some stupid TV. What a better way to cheer you up though than some spiced mulled wine! love the description of it, would love to try it sometime.

Pointblank said...

What happened sweets??? *Big hug... take care :)

Priya said...

I had the same spiced wine in a christmas farmer market, loved it very much, but never thought of making them at home, thanks for sharing this warm spiced red wine..

Kairali sisters said...

Cheer up Nish!!!I am sure a glass or two of this wine would have worked for you!!

I shall try this soon...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

My, you are in a bad mood. Had a tiff with hubby? As the saying goes--this too shall pass. Nothing bad with the picture. Never had spiced wine before. I learnt something new.
And Cheer up!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Ah Nisha, I would say ur anger level is bit less than mine, i spoke to mum 15 mins before, told her i want to kill every person i see :( very big warm hugs to you! Take care! I think this should be minor effect of climate and bloody hormones. Don't worry about the pic, they are fine, we are humans we can't be perfect all the time. Regarding mulled wine here in Finland we get them ready made, yes they are best for this season...Hope you are better today and take care of your hair :D

Suja Sugathan said...

Hope you feel relaxed by now ..Every one has bad time, and bad mood...cheer up dear..
never had spiced wine before..super clicks...take care:)

Monet said...

Oh sweet girl...I hope that you are beginning to feel better. I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. Men can be such jerks. Thank you for sharing your heart with us...and also for sharing this recipe. But most importantly, it is you I care about! I hope to hear that you are feeling better very soon. Hugs!

Yummy Team said...

Spiced wine sounds interesting! Loved the last 2 pics..

kothiyavunu.com said...

Cheer up Nisha!! i'm not a wine person but this spiced wine sounds great.

Nitha said...

adipoli... enikku wine undaakkanam ennu undaayirunnu... Shall definitely try out this some time...

Shades of Grey said...

Hug! Think of the good times...

Sarah Naveen said...

Dont you think that was such an abrupt conclusion?
Hope its all smiles now..Hugs!!
and about wine...ugran :)..

Biny Anoop said...

Hugs and XXXXXXXXes to u to calm u down...but i must say i loved reading it...i cud see ur anger in the paras....by the time u r readg this hope u have calmed...i find blogging calming myself....doesnot know in anger...but surely it gives me energy wen i am tired....
The mulled wine is a great recipe...have tried this before at my frens house...will try it for xmas....and one more thing ur anger have added great colours esp shades of red to the pics and its beautiful.
Thanks.
Biny

GB said...

So I don't know how I missed this post. Hope the tiff is over and he's made it up to you.

MEN!! can't live with them, can't live without them!

Hugs to you!!

Roshan said...

the mulled wine sounds exotic......

gonna try this Christmas season.....