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Mulled Wine: 4 Recipes Against The Cold

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The Traditionalist:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 60g of demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 60ml Damson Gin 

Preparation:

  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add sugar according to your taste.
  3. Turn off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

Easy Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre of dry red wine
  • 2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dessertspoon whole cloves
  • 1 dessertspoon whole allspice
  • 1 large piece orange rind
  • 1 large piece lemon rind
  • sugar

Preparation.

  1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon rind and orange rind.
  2. Heat gently, then stir in 2 tablespoons of the sugar
  3. Once dissolved, taste to see if you’d like to add more.
  4. Keep hot on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to let the flavours infuse the wine
  5. Serve your mulled wine hot in glasses or mugs.

Jamie’s mulled wine

Ingredients:

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.
  2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. 
  5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine.
  6. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

Cider Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle juicy light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks; plus 6 more for serving (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Bring wine, brandy, apple cider, star anise, cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavours are infused, about 15 minutes.
  3. Divide among mugs, garnish with 6 cinnamon sticks
  4. Serve after a couple of hours

 

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Rarest and most bizarre prohibitions against alcohol around the world

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American movie industry has been usually inspired by the well-known US Prohibition of the early 20th century. The black market controlled by mobsters like Al Capone has been referred as the starting point of many Hollywood movies. Stories of organised crime, smuggling and underground businesses have generated ideas about this time in history and some of the negative consequences of this prohibition.

Although it’s been almost 100 years since this law was repealed, there are still multiple alcohol-related bans around the world. That is why the web The Drinks Business has prepared the list of the seven most bizarre and rare laws in the world against alcohol.

1. Riding after drinking (Colorado, USA):

In the state of Colorado, horses are considered as a means of transport. That is why those who are riding under the influence of alcohol are fined in the same manner as if it was driving a vehicle.

2. Do not sell cold beer (Oklahoma, USA):

The state of Oklahoma it’s prohibited from selling beer with more than 4% ABV cold. So if you’re planning a party, you’d better have them in your refrigerator a few days in advance.

3. Prohibition of human figures on the labels of alcoholic beverages (Alabama, USA):

If you are a graphic designer in Alabama and work with a distillery, you must remember that labels showing “people posing sensual or immoral way” are not allowed. It is a ban imposed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

4. Shots and cocktails prohibited after midnight (Australia):

If you go out to party in Australia, you’d better ask the cocktails and shots before midnight, because in the land of the “Aussies” is forbidden to sell alcohol after the clock hits 12 midnight.

5. Death penalty for drunk driving (El Salvador):

This Central American country is very severe with those who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol: the death penalty applies to those who violate this law.

6. Supermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 7 pm (Sweden):

In this Scandinavian country, supermarkets are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages after 7 pm. So if you want to drink something at home after work, you’d better go to buy early.

7. Drunk driving convictions are to be served family (Malaysia):

Should a whole family be convicted for some relative felony? It is very likely for this to happen in Malaysia when one member of the family is incarcerated for driving after consuming alcohol.

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