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Vin Chaud

Last night's crisp air sparked a memory of sipping vin chaud on cold Paris afternoons. Whenever Liam (just 18 months at the time) would fight his afternoon nap, we'd strap him into the stroller and head in the direction of our favorite cafe a few blocks away. He typically fell asleep on the way there, giving Evan, Alexander and me the rare opportunity to sit down like civilized human beings and enjoy a hot drink while he snoozed in the stroller. Alexander sipped hot chocolate and colored, and Evan and I engaged in our usual debate: The responsible choice of 3pm coffee? Or the not-so-responsible choice of 3pm mulled wine? There were two benefits to choosing wine over coffee (cmon, you knew we chose wine, right?). One: It's awesome. Two: It made any post-nap, late afternoon whining, screaming, complaining or fighting seem a lot less annoying. Warm and calm, we'd cruise through the rest of the afternoon smiling (no matter how grand the toddler tantrums). I hope it's cold next week when we return to Paris because a steaming cup of mulled wine is on our agenda. Below is the recipe I found last year. Do you have your own? I'd love to see it. Vin Chaud Ingredients: 1 bottle of red wine 1/4 cup of brown sugar (or to taste) 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Zest of a lemon or an orange 1 lemon Cinnamon sticks for serving Preparation: Heat the wine, sugar and spices in a pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally until it simmers. Add the zest. Pour the wine into glasses while hot. Serve with a slice of lemon in each glass or a stick of cinnamon.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Carly

It's France. They serve you a half cantaloupe filled with Port at 11am.
As long as you're after noon, I think the wine is just fine – it's the choice I'd have made, too. Going to try this recipe for sure…. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Frau

Love that I only see it here during Christmas time.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Friendly Skies

yummmmm, makes me crave colder weather as well! Even though I don't have any children I think it would be hard for anyone to pass up the wine. :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by threebysea

I loooove mulled wine- haven't had it since I lived in England (perfect weather for enjoying it!) This recipe looks divine, and I'm making a note of it for when the temperature drops here in Florida. You know, sometime in December!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle

Yet another reason to love this time of year.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by travelingmama

Sounds like us. We've been taking nightly walks to calm our littlest rather than wrestle with him all night in our cramped living room. Now that Ramadan has started we cannot go out in the evenings when the streets are deserted for break fast and I find myself missing our walks very much!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Bluebelle

Mmm, that sounds delicious! I've never had mulled wine apart from at Christmas but I'm craving it now!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Wanderers' Daughter

What a delightful fall memory. I remember hot crepes straight from a steaming street stand warming my hands in the Parisian fall when I was small.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Rachell Taylor

Ooooh, I am going to try this. Would it be better with a sweeter or dryer wine? Or does it matter?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle

I have saved this recipe and plan on trying it very soon once the weather gets a little chillier here in California. Enjoy your trip back.

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