Today, December 21, marks the Winter Solstice and year’s long night.
Tonight, I will be making soup and mulled wine. There will be candles, music, and perhaps a bit of reading from Neil Gaiman’s book, Norse Mythology as I mark the longest night of the year. There will also be music, particularly an album or two from Loreena McKennit. I will probably also be rereading this lovely poem by Susan Cooper, ‘The Shortest Day‘.
Happy Solstice, everyone!
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Showing you how I overthink things, I thought omg she’s making soup and mulled wine. I could never do that because I use my slow cooker for both
I don’t have a slow cooker, so both will be done on the stove. 🤓
I will tell you, if you can pick up one cheap, they really are great for mulled wine and soup. I got mine insane at target for 8$
I think that’s how much I spent on the bottle I bought. Nothing fancy, since I was going to be adding stuff to it anyway.
What do you put in yours? We did grand mariner and apple cider plus the spices
I’m using a pre-modern recipe, so lemon and orange slices, cinnamon, and allspice. I think that’s it. There may be another ingredient or two, but I don’t have the recipe in front of me.
I just send you the recipe via Instagram messages, if you’re interested.
There’s a spice store in my neighborhood that does a milling mix that includes cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and dried orange peel. I forgot to tell you that!
Neat! That blend sounds wonderful.
Hope you had a great one! Sadly, I’ve never made mulled wine. Last year I picked up a cheap bottle of German Glühwein from Lidl. Reminded me of the Christkindlmarkt’s we used to go to when living over there. Beautiful time of year, I really miss that.
The mulled wine was excellent, though now you remind me of the Rhineland wine I had at a wedding some years ago that was one of the best wines I’ve ever had. Alas, I don’t remember what the name of it was, and so can never find another bottle of it.