Keep warm and beat your January sniffles with these delightful drinks!

Studies have shown that drinking a glass of red wine a day can reduce the chances of getting a cold by 60% (don't ask me which studies, I read it once, that was enough for me...) in addition to that everybody knows a big old sniff of the strong stuff always helps to clear the sinuses!

So here are a few ideas to see you through the the months of wintery cold. 



The Classic Hot Toddy


Everyone has their own perfected ways for this, here ours:

- 50ml Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley Whisky

-  1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

- 1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey

- 50ml hot (not boiling) water



I chose this whisky in particular as the peatiness really draws out any feeling of blockage in your face. Honestly, it will knock out that cold, but it also shows an elegance and delicacy that wont offend your senses. A really beautiful balance to nurse you through troubling sniffles. 

I also love using Manuka, it reminds me of my grandmother, any ailments I ever had ever from a grazed knee to a migraine could be cured with a spoonful of Manuka Honey according to Granny Browne, and aren't grandparents supposed to be comforting. On top of that it tastes fabulous!



Sailor's Winter Warmer


I actually drink a similar version of this cold but with an added flourish it makes for a perfect winter drink:

- 50ml Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum

- 150ml Crabbies Ginger Beer warmed over a gentle heat (not boiling)

- A star of anise 

- A cinnamon stick

- Orange zest


This recipe is so simple yet so tasty, the rum does all the work when it comes to sweet flavouring where the anise, ginger and orange zest balance it out to not be too overpowering. Scrumptiously soothing!



Mulled Wines



Mulled White 


What? That's not right! - Trust me, it's like a herbal tea with alcohol and it's great.

- 1 bottle of Louis Jadot Chardonnay - Aligoté

- 1/2 a bottle of Rekorderlig Apple Cider

- 75ml Elderflower Cordial

- Zest of a lemon

- A vanilla pod (or a couple of drops of vanilla essence)

- 1 tablespoon of caster sugar

Warm the whole lot on a low heat till hot - not boiling - garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!



Mulled Red


Everyone has their own mulled red recipe, I'm not here to say mine is better, I'm just here to remind you what you can do with it:

- bottle of Louis Jadot Gamay - Pinot Noir

- 200ml fresh orange juice

- 5 or so cloves

- a cinnamon stick

- a heaped tablespoon of brown sugar

This is a very basic recipe, add and take away to taste, personally I like to throw a shot of Sipsmith Slow Gin or Damson Vodka into my glass!




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Chase Smoked Bloody Mary


Chase Distillery take all the credit for this recipe with their gorgeous smoked vodka, but a nice spicy bloody mary always makes me feel like I'm being slightly healthier... it's the tomato juice right?

- 50ml Chase Smoked Vodka

- 20ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice

- Dash Tabasco sauce

- Dash Worcestershire sauce

- Tomato Juice

Celery Salt

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice filled highball glass. Garnish with a stick of celery, lemon wedge, an olive and a grind of black pepper. 



And there you have it! 

All the recipes to beat the January blues. 

Don't forget we have some fanatstic January deals on in store at the moment, so pop in and say hi. 

We'd love to hear you winter warmer recipes too! 



HAPPY NEW YEAR from the team @ North & South Wines