Even if you’ve been washed up from battle, rotting on a tiny island for goodness knows how long, the Lysene pirate, Salladhor Saan (from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series), has a treatment plan to put you right again. If you’re suffering from a summer cold or just plain feeling out of it, be sure to sink yourself into a soft leather chair and get some rest.
“Mezio Mahr, be a good eunuch and take my friend Davos to the owner’s cabin. Fetch him some hot wine with cloves, I am misliking the sound of that cough. Squeeze some lime in it as well. And bring white cheese and a bowl of those cracked green olives we counted earlier! Davos, I will join you soon, once I have bespoken our good captain. You will be forgiving me, I know. Do not eat all the olives, or I must be cross with you!”
You heard him! Gather up some white cheese (I used Feta, which was lovely) and olives and get the nearest eunuch to prepare some wine. Or, you know, just do it yourself with this easy recipe, perfect for any Game of Thrones fan!
- 1 bottle red wine
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 limes
- Heat the wine in a saucepan over medium heat until lightly simmering. You don’t want to boil the wine.
- Either loose or in some cheesecloth, drop about 10 whole cloves into the wine and let the mixture simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Be ready for some amazing smells! You can add a cinnamon stick as well, for a little extra flavor, but I’m sticking with this simple cloves-only recipe to match what Saan calls for.
- When you are ready to serve, ladle some of the hot wine into a cup or mug and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top. Garnish with lime wedge or peel, if you like.
Now pair that with a block of feta and some green olives and get to feeling better!
What foods help restore your health in the summer months?