Saturday, December 08, 2007

Vin Chaud

We covered confiture and yogurt jars with decorated tissue paper
to give a stained glass effect for the Fete des Lumieres

After you've been out walking, when the chilly night air is in everyone's bones, nothing's better than coming in out of the cold for a mug of vin chaud. Wouldn't you agree? Put on the carols, shuffle off their coats, have some candles or a fire to add points of warmth and light, and hand everyone a mug to warm their hands and hearts.

For each bottle of red wine:
1/2 cup of sugar
The zest of one lemon and one orange
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
3 cloves
1 piece of ginger the size of the tip of your thumb, minced
½ teasp. Fresh grated nutmeg
Rum to taste (optional)

The zest is only the colored part from the skin, and it contains the essential citrus oils. Wash the orange and lemon thoroughly, and then use a sharp klnife to remove the zest, recuperating as little of the white rind as possible. Mix all of the ingeredients into a pot and bring slowly to a simmer. Do not boil, but simmer slowly for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot, filtering it through a mesh sieve. If it's really cold outside, you can add a thimble or two of rum to each mug just before serving.

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Blogger Gina Louise said...

I bet your candles didn't blow out either! My roomate's friend teased me that I wasn't really Lyonnaise because I used the wrong kind of glass to hold them. And they all blew out. But we did get to watch part of a light parade/spectacle on the Cours Gambetta from our candle-free balcony. Sigh. Maybe next year.

9:15 PM, December 09, 2007  
Blogger Katie Zeller said...

What a great idea for candles! And mulled wine.
Maybe next year we'll get to Lyon to see the festival. We were a bit late thinking about it this year!

9:39 PM, December 09, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

It all sounds lovely, Lucy, and your photo has a sense of mystery to it, as all photos should...

11:32 PM, December 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to make mulled wine the other night that was just...not that good. It was so bitter! Now I see it's because I forgot to add sugar. Duh.


3:30 AM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger L Vanel said...

Gina Louise, you'll get the hang of it. When we lived on Cours Lafayette, ours blew out too. Looking at the light show from a balcony sounds like lots of fun.

Katie, maybe next year! Although the show is always wonderful on the 8th, the crowds were a bit more managable (less human traffic jams) on the day after. You can keep that in mind for next year.

Thanks Mimi, for your kind comment.

Rebekka, yes, the sugar is a must for vin chaud. If you forget it, you can always add it at the end!

3:05 PM, December 10, 2007  

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