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Guest Author: Gina Conkle How to Enjoy Georgian Mulled Wine at Christmas

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Guest Author: Gina Conkle How to Enjoy Georgian Mulled Wine at Christmas

How to Enjoy Georgian Mulled Wine at Christmas by Gina Conkle

Georgian era Christmases were distinctly pastoral. The holiday season stretched from Saint Nicholas’s Day on December 6th through Twelfth Night on January 6th.

Families exchanged gifts on Saint Nicholas Day while Christmas Day was honored with a midday feast. Hams and turkeys graced Georgian tables, but over time roast goose became the fowl to serve on Christmas Day.

My Midnight Meetings series books work their way through 1768, heading toward Christmas Eve in my free short story, Meet My Love at Midnight and Twelfth Night in Meet a Rogue at Midnight. Part of the fun has been researching what Georgian England ate and drank during this festive time.

There was naughty pudding once outlawed under Cromwell. Puritans and Quakers alike considered the dish “lewd” and unfit for God-fearing people. Brandy in certain puddings made it detestable (supposedly the root of much debauchery). It was King George I, celebrating his first Christmas as King of England, who brought the dessert back into fashion. He was nicknamed “The Pudding King” since he zealously favored the food.

But, the other decadent treat from the past was mulled wine. I’d never had it, but I wanted to try some. With a pile of books on Georgian foods and recipes, it wasn’t hard to learn how to make mulled wine. The popular drink is even featured in one of my books on medieval feasts. Turns out, 2nd century Romans get credit for giving us mulled wine. They heated their wine in winter to keep warm. When they invaded other lands, new ingredients were added to their hot wine. Thus, mulled wine was born.

Like the experimental Romans, every recipe has a unique twist from certain eras and regions. Georgians were no different. Wealthy Georgians enjoyed their mulled wine with China oranges (that’s what they first called oranges since the fruit came from China).

Here is one recipe to try:

1 bottle of red wine (a cabernet sauvignon is a modern suggestion)

4 cups apple cider

2 Tbsp. honey

2 cinnamon sticks

Small handful of cloves

Zest and juice from 1 orange

Pour all the ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let the wine mixture simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour your mulled wine into a mug. Add a small strip of orange peel for visual effect and you’re all set.  The drink is tasty. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you – Gina Conkle

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Guest Author: Gina Conkle How to Enjoy Georgian Mulled Wine at Christmas

Title: The Lord Meets His Lady

Author: Gina Conkle

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: Midnight Meetings

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Print ISBN: 9781492651901

Digital ISBN: 9781402294341

Synopsis:

Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family’s reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn’t one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.

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