With the temperatures in NYC beginning to drop, I have begun craving vin chaud. For you Americans, you would call this mulled wine. In Europe it was something that I found at will, no matter where I was, but mostly at the many holiday markets during this time of the year. So a few weekends ago, I traveled around Manhattan with my fellow Francophile friend, trying to find a nice cozy place to curl up with our hot wine. Unfortunately, we came up short on the drink but did find a great French restaurant, Sel et Gras, where we enjoyed some escargot and true French ambiance.
The following weekend, my craving still hankering, I had a sip of what has become the next best thing…Hot Toddys. How did I not know about these before? Oh, because I was enjoying my vin chaud in France.
And then, just when I had stopped searching for it, vin chaud landed on my lap –or better yet, in my mug. This weekend I was introduced to homemade mulled wine. My friend made a simple, delicious recipe: apple cider heated on the stove with some red wine. We used a simple carton of apple cider and a bottle of Barefoot Cabernet Franc. I suggest not getting a crazy expensive bottle because you’ll be heating it anyways and adding flavors.
On that note, computer must be turned off in preparation for this Hurricane to barrel on through. Be Safe!