A Warming Trend
Hot Holiday Drinks
By Dianne Boate and Robert Meyer
As Autumn makes its solemn journey toward winter,
warmth of home, hearth, and heart becomes a little more important. A
small treasure chest of good recipes to serve yourself or to offer
holiday guests can eliminate entertaining anxiety and give you much
more time to consider gilding other lilies. Ms. Boate has quite a
stash of cookbooks to rely on for interesting recipes, so the
elegant hunt was on to find something new and exciting for you. But
before we talk about the recipes, let us put forward a really simple
idea for a mulled wine that you can have fun with, not overdo on
expenses, and be inventive with.
Basic Mulled Wine is red wine placed in a cooking pot with a few
cloves, cinnamon sticks, and perhaps a slice of fresh lemon or
orange. The mixture is heated, simmered for a short while, and
served. Glass cups with handles make a nice presentation.
Mulled Cider, from Sunset 1989 Recipe Annual, is a little more
2 quarts apple juice or apple cider
1 12-oz. can thawed frozen pineapple juice concentrate
2 medium oranges, cut into 1/2 inch slices, ends discarded
5 cinnamon sticks (each about 3 inches long)
12 whole cloves
12 whole allspice
3 quarts dry white jug wine
In an 8-10 quart pan, stir together juice, concentrate, orange
slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Cover and heat until
simmering, about 15 minutes. Add wine. For an outdoor event, pour
into heated thermos to transport. Serve in mugs. Makes 24 servings,
Note: Preheat your thermos with hot water before adding hot
Drinking Exercise for Computers
Dianne’s research in her collection yielded some fabulous recipes in
The Best of Gourmet, 1994.This bound book may be difficult to find,
but with some computer sleuthing, we found the following recipes at
www.epicurious.com, drinks search: Rusty Nail Milk Punch, Hot
Apricot Buttered Rum, Warm Beaujolais Kir, Warm Bourbon Lemonade,
Spiced Cranberry Rum Tea, Mulled Cider with Calvados, and Hot White
Russian. Have fun.
Let Your Fingers Do the Wine Tasting
Just as some of us enjoy reading the dictionary, the Yellow Pages
can be pretty entertaining, too. Check out pages 29-48 in the SBC
SMART Yellow Pages. It is quite a surprising package of information
about our local wine areas--history, maps, wine tasting tips,
choosing glasses, evaluating wine quality, creating a wine cellar,
and listings of Sonoma and Napa wineries.
One of the most useful “tools” you could have in
your car is an amazing map from California State Automobile
Association (AAA) entitled Wineries Guide Map-Northern California.
It contains information about Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Mendocino and
Lake counties, Geyserville, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa areas, plus
the Northern Sierra Foothills. It includes maps, listings, an
extensive glossary, wine resources, and annual events listed by
month. Free to AAA members.You know who you are.
Dianne Boate is a San Francisco-based writer and
photographer. Her work can be seen at www.danielakart.com. Robert
Meyer is a consultant to the wine and spirits industry. For 25
years, she has chosen the glasses and he provides the wine, or, he
provides the goods and she makes the cocktails.