|Greetings from Brooklyn! We come bearing gifts to help with holiday celebrations, and to warm up the winter. Here’s wishing you the best this holiday season. Enjoy!|
As the weather gets cold, we start thinking winter sports. Après-ski fun and fare tops our list of favorite things. We wanted to spread the warmth and share this recipe for our favorite cold weather drink.
Place all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Place on very low heat and slowly bring up to a simmer (don’t let it come to a full boil). Mull for at least 30 minutes. Leave on simmer until the party’s over.
|Like baking Christmas cookies or slow-roasting meats, preparing Glühwein at home packs a delightful double holiday wallop, pleasing friends and loved ones with its warm, wintry goodness while simultaneously filling the house with the heady, soul-soothing aromas of Northern European winters immemorial.WINE: No need to splurge on a single-vineyard Rioja or a barrique-aged Barolo—better to find a value red with strawberry/cherry flavors (in other words, red fruit, as opposed to black fruit), a profile often found in Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese-based wines. For this recipe, I’d use an Austrian Zweigelt, a cherry/raspberry-redolent grape that both suits the spices in the recipe and keeps the Austrian theme. Try the juicy and gulpable Berger Zweigelt 2008, $14 at Dandelion Wine, just around the corner from DESU Design’s Headquarters.
|CHEESE: Try a creamy, soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese—the runnier the better—just nothing with too funky: Vacherin Mont d’Or (a Swiss/French raw-milk gem difficult, though not impossible, to find in the U.S.), L’edel de Cleron (sometimes referred to as ‘Faux Vacherin’), or even a mild, creamy French blue, like Montbriac.
ADRIAN MURCIA has been engaged in the study and teaching of fermented deliciousness for well over a dozen years, donning a wide variety of professional hats along the way: fromager, sommelier, writer, educator, and consultant. His latest venture, a roving educational outfit called Brooklyn Fermented, is dedicated to spreading wine/cheese/beer love across the borough (and beyond) and launches officially on December 12.
|Feeling crafty? Download the free pattern for DESU’s paper ornament, inspired by the folding technique of our Axi Tealight Pendants. All it takes is a printer, some card stock, a utility blade, and a straight edge to keep those lines crisp–and a little bit of patience.-> Download pattern|