The magical properties of mulled wine
 Who of us has not dreamed of gloomy autumn evenings or blizzard winter days sitting near the fireplace in the company of friends or alone with a glass of mulled wine with a loved ... Mulled wine - is not only romantic, happily, healthily and ...

Mulled wine is a traditional, purely European hot drink with spices in the cold season.

It is known that mulled wine is used for many centuries, it is possible that the history of this drink has millennium. The country, which is home to mulled wine, to name difficult, for this honor are fighting many countries - France, Britain, Austria, Germany, the Scandinavian countries ...

Historians tend to believe that the drink, close to the modern mulled wine, ate the ancient Romans. Perhaps the Greeks, as Ancient Greece was a country abounding in vineyards and pure grape wine.

Like before we even reached the recipe of Hippocrates, but argued that it was an ancient doctor still difficult, as written prescription in 1390. Here it is: "Three ounces of cinnamon and three ounces of ginger. One measure of the Spanish backgammon. Cloves, peppers, grass galingal (our nutsedge, a relative of ginger) and nutmeg. Marjoram and cardamom - each a quarter ounce. Guinean grain (Malagueta, or Guinea pepper), cinnamon and flowers - both on the tenth of an ounce. Do this powder and mix it up. "

Most researchers say that the wine mixed with spices began in ancient Rome, and heat a drink first to medieval monks of Europe.

The cookbook Apicius Marcus Gavia related to already in the I century AD, described the drink recipe, varivshegosya with honey and pepper addition, mastic, bay leaf, saffron, figs and roasted seeds, and then re-diluted wine.

In ancient times, and in the Middle Ages, mulled wine was available only to rich people as spices and costs equated to gold, sugar, and appeared later also cost a lot of money.

 The magical properties of mulled wine

In today's world there are many recipes for mulled wine. In the drink was added rum, cognac, brandy, vodka, coffee, anise, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, honey, almond, lemon or orange peel, apple slices, kiwi, mandarin and sweet oranges.

It is considered a classic mulled wine on the basis of a dry or semi-dry red wine with cinnamon mandatory, cloves, vanilla, anise, allspice and sugar peas.

Mulled wine tones, gives energy, charges cheerfulness and optimism, save us from the effects of hypothermia and cold. Therefore, at the first you feel unwell, you can enjoy a tasty and healthy mulled wine:

On low heat, heat the Cahors or any other quality red wine, put it in the honey, when the liquid is slightly froth, add the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bay leaf, cardamom, a pinch of rosemary, dried lemon peel. Cinnamon should be in the form of pieces of bark. The powder is not suitable. Bring to a boil, but do not boil, just five minutes to heat up pink foam.

Drink mulled wine should be hot, and then immediately go to bed, well sheltered warm blanket. By morning, you dramatically feel better.

 The magical properties of mulled wine

And you can cook for romance citrus mulled wine. You will need:

- 500ml. semi-sweet red wine;
- 100 ml of brandy;
- 7-8 cloves buds:
- 1 cinnamon stick;
- 4 pea allspice;
- 1st. spoon of honey;
- 150ml. water;
- A slice of lemon;
- 2 slices of orange;
- A small slice of grapefruit or pomelo.

Cooking method:

- Cloves, pepper, thinly sliced ​​citrus fruit to put in an enamel saucepan and cover with cold water.
- On low heat bring to a boil. Boil for 4 minutes, then push for 12-15 minutes under the lid.
- Wine pour in a pan with a thick bottom and slowly heat, not allowing him in any case to boil.
- In hot wine pour a mixture of spices.
- Bring almost to a boil, add the honey and remove. Do not boil!
- Pour into a beautiful mug and garnish with slices of lemon, orange.

And if you want to use wine and spices for beauty , The slightly warm mulled wine can be rubbed into the hair roots to grandeur and better growth. Then wash your hair with shampoo.

Fading flabby skin rubbed with mulled wine, which includes honey and citrus. The drink is diluted with boiled water 1: 1. After 10 minutes should wash and apply a nourishing cream.

For skin tone suit and compresses of warm mulled wine. 2-3 layer gauze impregnated beverage superimposed 7-10 minutes. Then wash with warm, then cool water.

Care should be taken so that the mulled wine did not hit in the eye and in the area around the eyes should not be applied!
Author: Natalia Alexeeva