I have a fever…a mild one, mind you, and I should be in bed. But I promise I’ll do that in a minute. First I have to tell you about what I am drinking right now.
I am drinking some mulled wine.
Mulled wine is not just meant to be delicious, hot alcohol for pleasure alone. It can definitely be a good medicine when applied appropriately!
There are times when you are sick and so bone-weary tired that you’ve just slept the day away. This is a great way to heal, but once it is night, you can’t get to sleep! That’s the perfect time to warm yourself a cup of spiced mulled wine and sip it in bed with a book on your lap.
The best part is that you can make it in advance, store it in your cabinet, and pour out a glass as needed. Here’s how I make my mulled wine!
Buy some red wine. It doesn’t matter how cheap it is since we’re adding things to it and changing it. I tend to buy gallons of cheap burgundy wine and make big batches (and use the jugs for brewing later).
So. Pour your wine into a pot and put it on medium-low. Into the pot goes any number of the following herbs (click on the highlighted words to learn more!):
- Cinnamon stick
- Ground cardamom seeds
- Ground grains of paradise peppercorns or black pepper
- Dried orange slice (or fresh!)
- A couple slices of fresh ginger
- Damiana (for fun and flavor)
- Honey or brown sugar to taste
Feel free to add other herbs that you tend to use when sick: elderflowers, chamomile, star anise, licorice root (just a bit!), yarrow, hyssop…the list goes on!
Don’t let this pot of wine boil, but give it some time to sit at a low heat, about for an hour or so should do. Allow it to cool. When it is cool, strain it into a bottle. I have been using the same old empty Irish Mist bottle since 2011 because it is lovely. I use that bottle and pour a glass of spiced wine, as needed, but I never empty it! There’s always a cup or so left in the bottle so that I can brew more and add to it, keeping history in the bottle!
When I’m feeling sick, I just pour a mug of mulled wine and heat it on the stove (or microwave it for 30 seconds) and gosh, is it nice!
Drink your cup slowly while resting and let the rich flavors and the warmed alcohol lull you into a deep, restful sleep.
Cheers, to your health!