Posts Tagged "winter drinks"

Move over, Juan Valdez…

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Move over, Juan Valdez…

I was invited to attend a coffee summit in Haiti last week, where people from all over the country and every part of the sector came together—from farmers and coops to speculators and processors to buyers and roasters—to see if we could figure out how to restore Haitian coffee exports to the levels they were before the 1980s. To make it clear what this was all about, I should give a brief history lesson. Coffee arrived in Haiti in 1727, planted by French colonists, and within 50 years the country was producing 77 million pounds of it a year–or 40% of the world’s supply. Soon...

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Mulled wine (vino cotto)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Mulled wine (vino cotto)

Serves 1-6 1 bottle dry red wine Peels of 1 orange and 1 lemon 1 stick cinnamon (2-3 inches) 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg 6 whole cloves 1/4 cup sugar Slowly heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer for ten minutes. Carefully strain out the spices and serve the wine hot. In ancient Greece and Etruria, wine was regularly served sweetened and heavily spiced. Today, you can still see some element of this tradition in Greece’s retsina wines. Many other wine-drinking cultures have continued to spice up their wines in wintertime, when mulled wines like this...

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