Sunday, October 30, 2011

Vin Chaud

One of my favorite things about Paris in the winter is vin chaud.  It's a hot mulled wine that makes even the coldest, rainiest days a little warmer.  My favorite way to enjoy this spicy beverage is strolling along the Seine or at a little cafe in Montmarte, but tonight it's a cozy night at home carving pumpkins and addressing Christmas cards.  What better excuse to try my hand at the tasty treat?

Vin Chaud 

2 bottles of red wine
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon finely ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon cloves
freshly grated nutmeg (as much as you would like)
Squeeze of honey

In a large saucepan, combine the red wine with the sugar and the orange and lemon zests. Add spices. Bring the wine to a very slow simmer over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let the wine and spices simmer on low to infuse with flavor (15 minutes to hour).  Ladle the spiced wine into heatproof glasses and serve at once.  (Adjust sugar to taste.  If it is too sweet, add some lemon juice).  

I love the kick that the pepper gives it.  It's that same tingle you get from Starbucks chai tea.... my favorite during this time of year. 


*Adapted from John Besh recipe

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