Thursday 20 December 2012

Advent 20 - Mulled Wine, Mistletoe and Wine and Magi

December 20th

Photograph by Syd Spence - thank you Syd

Matthew 2:1-2

The Magi visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’
Click on the arrow to hear the music and see the story of the Epiphany

A traditional drink at Christmas is, of course Mulled Wine.  There are numerous versions, but this is the one I prefer:

Into a large saucepan pour two bottles of red wine, half a glass of brandy, 4 oz sugar, 3 sliced oranges and 2 sliced lemons.  Add 10 cloves and a cinnamon stick. For a little extra 'fire' add half-a-teaspoon of ground ginger.  Heat the mixture and then leave for a few minutes to let the spices infuse.  Serve very warm. You can add hot water to 'lighten' it a little - if you really want to.
Another delicious and interesting drink is one called Goodnight Grog.
For this you will need one-and-a-half pints of tea (strained if you are using leaf tea) and put it into a saucepan with half-a-pint of whisky (or dark rum is nice too) two tablespoons of sugar (or you can use honey; the clear, runny kind) then add a cinnamon stick and some mixed spice. Heat it all up, don't let it boil, then remove from the heat and leave to let the cinnamon infuse.   
Well, I couldn't let a page about wine, at Christmas, go without a rendition of Mistletoe and Wine. so, for your delight and delectation, here's Cliff:

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