When the weather turns so cold this time of year, piling on blankets and furs only gets you so far. Sometimes you have to warm yourself from the inside out. North of the Wall, it is especially frigid, but the Lord Commander has a store of wine to keep him warm.
“The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine. So much cinnamon and so much nutmeg and so much honey, not a drop more. Raisins and nuts and dried berries, but no lemon, that was the rankest sort of southron heresy–“
The Lord Commander’s recipe for mulled wine is very simple to prepare and, like him, you might find yourself altering the proportions a bit to get it juuuust right if you’re particular, too. The combination of berries, nuts and honey adds such a wonderful flavor to the traditional mulled wine spices–almost like a glogg would be, but without the extra alcohol. Give it a try this winter!
- 2 bottles robust, inexpensive red wine (California cab, e.g.)
- 1/2 cup honey (even better if spun or unfiltered)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup raisins (sub another dried berry if you’re not a fan, like me)
- 1/4 cup dried berries (cranberries, cherries, blueberries or a mix)
- 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
“The drink must be hot to warm a man properly, the Lord Commander insisted, but the wine must never be allowed to come to a boil.”
- Gather your ingredients and open the wine.
- Pour wine and honey into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot. Set to medium-low heat and simmer. Taste for sweetness and add more honey if necessary.
- As the wine is warming, add the other ingredients straight into the pot and stir.
- Once the berries have softened and warmed and the wine is well heated, ladle some out into mugs to serve. If you prefer, you can strain out the berries, but I think it’s nice to leave them in.
- Either remove from heat or keep on a low heat so it’s ready for your next mug.
For more Game of Thrones wine posts, check out Tyrion’s wine cellar, a wine recommendation list to help you drink like a GoT character. Additionally, Salladhor Saan, the Lysene pirate, has a hot clove wine that is just the thing if you find yourself under the weather this winter. If you’re looking for a similar recipe but Dickens is more your speed, check out the smoking bishop mulled wine from A Christmas Carol.
How do you like to warm up in the winter?