mulled wine

➳ We’ve been blessed with some sunshine today, so we packed our things and decided to have a day out in the wild. We brought some mulled wine to heat over the fire 🔥

cheap, easy ways to decorate your altar for the sabbats
  • Imbolc/Candlemas: seeds or bulbs, candles, red and white
  • Ostara: flowers, eggs, milk, honey
  • Beltane: flowers, ribbons, acorns
  • Litha: oak leaves, sun symbols, sunflowers
  • Lammas: bread, wheat, beer, honey, corn dolls, iron
  • Mabon: fall leaves, cornstalks, grapes and grape vines, pomegranates, apples
  • Samhain: tarot cards, mirror, food offerings, mulled wine, dark bread
  • Yule: holly, pine cones, mistletoe, fruits, nuts, bells
Victor and Alcohol

So, while I was watching Yuri!!! On Ice the first time round, I noticed how often Victor is seen drinking, and it was obviously a creative decision to show him drinking. Over the course of the show I had a few theories…

Episode 2: Fair enough, he’s just off a long flight. I’d do the same.

Episode 2 again: Yay for Sake! (Yay for Katsudon!)

Episode 2 again: Well, he’s visiting Minako’s bar…it would be rude not to!

Episode 3: Kind of irresponsible when you’ve got two students and they’ve got a tight deadline that you’ve personally set, but then you’re sort of on holiday so…

Episode 3 again: Must be a curer for last night’s excesses…Also Minako’s there and she might be a bad influence XD

Episode 6: Or maybe Victor’s the bad influence…Or maybe they’re just playing to a Russia stereotype.

Episode 10: Really Victor, offering your student Mulled wine right before a big competition?

Episode 10: Geez Victor, every time alcohol’s an option you pick it. You’re surrounded by athletes who would probably love a beer, why not have coca cola or something. Is it because you’ve had years of not drinking due to training? Or is it a problem you have? Or do you have some sort of ulterior motive?

…And anyway, Episode 10: NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE!

He’s been desperately trying to get Yuuri drunk to see what would happen!!

All the while poor Yuuri’s been aware that he’s an outrageous drunk (in general it seems, not just at the banquet that he’s blacked out!) and has been trying NOT to drink while being in the constant presence of Victor.

I’m so so glad these two managed to get together because their methods of communication leave a lot to be desired XD

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 12 - MULLED WINE

sorry in advance for the jitteryness of the giffs. 

Ahem..

Joker has found some leftover cheap wine one of his henchmen left during their last stay at this particular hideaway. He heats it to have something warm when company arrives naturally he makes the most of the situation.

…..I don’t think he’ll come too quietly though or maybe escape stupidly fast afterwards,

Mulled Wine

I recently reblogged a post on winter wine and figured I’d share my personal version of mulled wine, as taught to me by my roommate.

Originally posted by butteryplanet

What you’ll need:

-Two of the cheapest, largest boxed wines you can find (preferably red, but one red and one white works as well). I’m talking higher alcohol content than price here

-Three oranges

-Two apples (I prefer Granny Smith but any kind is fine)

-Two lemons

-5-6 Sticks of cinnamon

-As much star anise as you can stand

-A cup of white sugar (more if you want a sweeter drink)

-Some honey if desired

-Pinch or two of salt

-Cloves

Step One: Cut up all your fruit into quarters, removing seeds as necessary

Step Two: Put it all in a big ass pot

Step Three: Heat, stirring occasionally. Make sure it does not boil and that the sugar/honey dissolves

Step Four: Drink!

A few of my friends like to make caramel to put in it as well or top it with cinnamon or nutmeg. Another friend of mine melts butter into his, so feel free to spice it up however you want! I personally add a lot of honey to mine as I prefer a sweet drink to the drier mulled wine you can make.

You can use a similar recipe to make mulled cider using apple cider instead of wine so if you don’t want to consume alcohol you can still make this!

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins. It is served hot or warm and may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic

It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Yule and Christmas. 

Ingredients

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

How To

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.


Tonic Wine Recipes

Tonic wine is a wine in which a single herb or blend of herbs, barks, roots or spices has been macerated for a short period of time. It is a pleasant and effective way of taking tonic & medicinal herbs to aid the digestion & strengthen the body. The most well-known and popular kind of tonic wine is the winter favourite mulled wine, a heated blend of red wine and orange juice infused with Cinnamon, Nutmeg & cloves. It is an excellent cure for the winter blues.

[Tonic Wines are usually best prepared with a medium to sweet white wine, as many people are intolerant to red wine, which can cause headaches. If possible, use an organic wine when making your own tonic wines]

Tonic Herbs

Here’s a selection of herbs used in tonic wines. Wherever possible use fresh herbs (dried roots, berries or barks can also be used). Do not use powdered spices in these recipes, they will be difficult to strain off and leave a gritty taste in the mouth.

These are all suggestions to be added to a 750ml bottle of wine.

Borage (Borago officinalis)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in medium white wine for several hours with the juice of a lemon makes a refreshing & restorative summer drink that lifts the spirits.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

one quill steeped in either red or white medium wine for one week, it sweetens the wine and is warming and stimulating.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

1 piece of root steeped in red or white wine for one week. Ginger is revitalising, warming and stimulating. Good for indigestion & colds.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in sweet white wine for several hours makes an uplifting & cheering wine, very good for the winter blues.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in a medium to sweet white wine is a good tonic wine, excellent for settling the stomach.

Sweet Woodruff (asperula odorata)

5g of fresh flowering herbs steeped in medium white wine for 3 hours is an excellent tonic for strengthening the body and mind.

Rosemary Tonic Wine

1 bottle of medium white wine
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Open the bottle of wine and insert the sprigs of Rosemary (You may need to pour out a little of the wine so that the herbs will fit in the bottle). Make sure that the herb is completely immersed in the wine. Cork the bottle and leave in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Strain off the herbs and take a small glassful (about 250mls) as a tonic. Rosemary improves circulation, it is also a stimulant, so avoid taking before bed. Take half an hour before meals to aid the digestion.

Note: You should not drink these nor make these if you’re age is under the legal drinking limit in you state, country, etc. Unless you have permission from a parent/guardian (even then). Check here if you’re unsure what your local laws are.

anonymous asked:

Can we discuss festive ditl cause i don't think I'll ever get over it

festive day in the life is literally the only video that has ever existed on the internet.. listen! it’s full of some of the best insights into dan and phil’s life together. first?! phil’s lovely wakeup scene! stubble and quiff and glasses and clouds! phil lester everyone! also dan in his lounging clothes because you know they both sleep without clothes and they jus wear comfy clothes all the time. and then! dan and phil so casually switching off with the camera and dan actively vlogging because he has control of what they show so hes not uncomfortable! and then blowing out the candle and pulling dans tail! they are so domestic and silly together it makes me sick! not only that but they are just going into town for a board game and christmas gifts? how pure! also them being at shops and being so silly together! like they jus like making each other laugh and by half way thru the day the are comfy around the camera so they are jus doin dumb things like dan and his extra punching. and then you’re gonna have sex? what the fuck man. and phil teasing dan about stealing the mulled wine hurt my heart! and not filming phil spilling mulled wine on his coat! getting pizza together and dan’s pizza song (also all the times they make little tunes together who even does that it’s so adorable) and then building the christmas tree like it’s 2010! wrapping presents together.. the fuck i feel.. i feel things.. everything is perfect about festive day in the life!

Yuletide Mulled ‘Wine’

I meant to post this around Christmas Yuletide. Oops. Forgive me … I keep telling myself this is the perfect season for hot drinks for anyone living south of the equator. Yes, that is how I will console myself. Yes yes. 

Mulled ‘Wine’ (printable)

Ingredients

32 oz (950mL) grape juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup (240mL) orange juice or apple cider
zest of 1 orange
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ cup (85g) honey

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker or in a big pot on the stove. Heat through and let simmer (barely! no boiling) for 4-6 hours. Taste, and adjust ingredients to taste. 

Note: Sure, you can use real wine. Why not? I haven’t done it myself, so I can’t tell you exactly what will happen. I just recommend omitting the vinegar. 

Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)

A warm winter drink that tastes like Christmas. Recipes vary but the basics are red wine, spices, sweetening and fruit, heated together so flavors can mingle. It’s served hot like tea and warms you up on a cold day. It’s also served outside at the Christmas markets. (There are no restrictions on outdoor drinking of alcoholic beverages in Germany.) Makes 8 servings:

1 bottle of inexpensive, full-bodied, fruity red wine - 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces - 16 whole cloves - 1 Orange -  2 tablespoons honey - 1 heaped teaspoon mixed ground Christmas cake spices, or equivalent amount of ground allspice, nutmeg, and coriander mix - 1 glass of water 

Put water in large pan; place over medium heat. Add cinnamon, honey, and spices. While honey is dissolving cut the orange into quarters lengthwise, then cut them in half so you have 8 pieces. Push 2 of the cloves into the skin of each piece, add to the pan. Pour in the wine. Bring the heat up. It should not boil so when bubbles start rising, turn the heat off. As soon as it is cool enough to taste, test for sweetness. If it’s not sweet enough, add sugar to taste and stir to dissolve. Let the pan stand for 1 hour or longer so the flavors develop. Warm gently before serving and spoon out into a heatproof glass, leaving oranges and cinnamon behind. Optionally garnish with a slice of orange or a stick of cinnamon. Note: The wine has not been heated enough to evaporate all the alcohol, so be aware that this is still an alcoholic drink. Some people like to add brandy for more body, but of course that adds dramatically to the alcohol content. Another way of adding body is to pour in a glass or two of Port. Enjoy!

So, we all know that Bolin is a cinnamon roll, but what about the rest of the avatar characters? What kind of dessert are they?

Zuko – Crème Brule. A hardened, burnt exterior that hides a sweet and slightly mushy soul beneath.

Aang – cotton candy. Our hero.

Katara – Lemon meringue. Sweet, tart, tough.

Toph – Granola. It’s had enough of your crap, twinkle toes.

Sokka – Banana Split. Trying way too hard. It’s the dessert equivalent of a punchline.

Suki – Brownies. They’re there because they have to be there and very little is really expected of them.

Azula – Halloween candy that secretly has razors and shards of glass in it.

Tai-Lee – Bubble tea. Sweet and bubbly, but lacking substance.

Mei – Baking chocolate. Bitter. Hasn’t even made the effort to become a proper dessert.

Iroh – Mulled wine. Complex, full bodied, gets better with age.

Korra – Protein bar. Aggressively good for you. Maybe a little too aggressively.

Asami – Tiramisu. Delicate, beautiful, sophisticated, quietly packing a shot of rum. Because you can’t be afraid to mix it up sometimes, you know?

Mako – Wonderbread. Contains neither flavor nor any particular emotional value.

Varrick – Chocolate-covered, smoke-infused, liquid-nitrogen-dipped chili pepper. It’s my latest invention!

Zhu Li – A meticulously optimized chocolate-chip cookie. Perfectly calibrated to maximize average enjoyment.

Tenzin – Breadsticks. But not until after dinner. One mustn’t spoil one’s appetite.

Pemma – A bun in the oven.

Lin – Jawbreaker. Just you try and eat one.

Ozai – Vanilla Ice Cream. Ice cold, kinda generic.

Amon – Peppermint patty. Chocolate, but with the cleansing power of mint.

Zaheer – Biscotti. Rigid, ascetic, kind of hurts when you eat it.

Kuvira – Government-issued dessert rations.