Magical Christmas Markets in Europe wouldn't be complete without Glühwein. Glühwein is made from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods. It is sometimes drunk mit Schuss (with a shot), which means that rum or some other liquor has been added.
- Recipe for Glühwein: Peel large sections of skin from orange, lemon and lime. Over medium heat in a medium sized pot, pour in agave syrup and water, then add the peels and juice of the orange. Add the vanilla bean, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg gratings. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour.
Our take, you can relive your magical Christmas memories year after year with this easy recipe. It warms body and soul!
A tour of Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries requires a Pisco Sour, the alcoholic cocktail of Peruvian origin that is typical of the cuisines from Chile and Peru, and is also considered a South American classic. The drink's name comes from pisco, which is its base liquor, and the cocktail term sour, in reference to sour citrus juice and sweetener components.
- Recipe for Pisco Sour: Add 2 oz of Pisco, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz of simple syrup and 1 fresh egg white to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass or champagne flute. Garnish with a lime wheel and 3 gentle drops Angostura Bitters, which will settle in the foam of the cocktail. Using a straw, swirl the bitters into a simple design.
Our take, this is one best left to experts in Peru. After you've taken this tour, that will be you!
Shades of Ireland makes us think of Guinness beer. But truly, a trip to Ireland isn't complete without some Irish whiskey. Our favorite use of Irish whiskey is in Irish Coffee!
- Recipe for Irish Coffee: Pour piping hot coffee into a warmed glass until it is 3/4 full. Add 1 tbsp of brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in 1 jigger of Irish whiskey (3 tbsp). Top with whipped heavy cream. Serve hot.
Our take, this is a wonderful break from Cafe Americana. When in Ireland...!
Magical Iceland, really?! Brennivín is a distilled brand of schnapps that is considered Iceland's signature liquor. It is sometimes called Svarti dauði, meaning Black Death. It is made from fermented potato mash and is flavored with caraway seeds.
- Recipe for Brennivin: The more refined way to enjoy Brennivín and the subtle flavours of the herbs, is to sip it chilled from a small shot glass. It goes well with fermented foods and traditional Icelandic foods.
Our take, Brennivin may not be our favorite drink, but it is definitely the most memorable. You gotta try it with Icelandic fermented shark, just to say you did. Bragging rights!
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