Dionysus would be proud!
Bonjour vous tous!
I hope you are well and happy!! If you are feeling a bit stressed, fear not, I have something special for YOU!
Before we get started, I want you to know a solid truth about me: I believe there is no problem that tacos and wine cannot fix. So, with that in mind, here is a little stress reliever to keep you going throughout the winter season.
It's called vin chaud, (pronounced: vahn shoooo) otherwise known as HOT WINE! Are you familiar with it?
Well, you are now and what's more, I am going to give you the recipe to make it!
Every country has their own hot wine recipe, however since this is a FRENCH blog, I will share with you the recipe from my adopted country. Vin chaud is a staple at local Christmas markets -- and for a little dixie cup of this warm deliciousness, expect to shell out 2-3 euros. Which is a little expensive, considering you can make a big ole pot of it for about 6-8€. Thing is, vin chaud typically consists of a cheap red wine mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon. It must not be too sweet and it should have a nice balance, that means you will have to do several taste tests! Have fun with that -- and be sure to send me the photos, please!
Without further ado, the directions and the recipe!
1.5 - 2 bottles of red wine -- any type is fine. In France, they use a less expensive bottle, maybe a $4-7 bottle
1 orange -- cut in round slices
half a lemon -- cut in rounds
freshly grated nutmeg or 3-6 dashes of the powdered stuff
1 cinnamon stick
3-6 dashes of powdered cinnamon
2-3 star anise (optional)
5-6 soup spoons of sugar, plus one extra for your homies! ha!
3/4 of a cup of water or half a NORMAL coffee mug of water
Next: Place the water, fruit, spices and sugar on the stove (obviously) medium heat and bring to a near boil, to melt the sugar.
Above photos: (L) "Squeeeeeeeeee! I love wine! (R) Focus Jenny!! Don't SPILL the wine, it offends the Gods!
THEN: When it starts to smell like heaven, lower the heat (low) and pour in the wine and stir.
Do not allow the wine to boil.
When it begins to bubble, turn off the heat and let it absorb the spices for about 15 minutes. Taste. Does it need anything?
If so, add it and cover! Let it meld for another 5, then taste again.
And repeat until it is to your liking!
Next: Pour into your favorite mug and toast to Dionysus! ENJOY!
Again, there is no problem wine or tacos cannot fix! Trust me!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...