amazing day for many drinks

Yesterday was exciting for many reasons. Roomie Ashley just got back from ten days in Mexico. I am very jealous of her awesome tan, her cute clutch and her experiences with Mexican chocolate. So, I decided to try to make some spicy hot chocolate, to make me feel better about the constant rain interrupted only by a huge snowfall. It was delicious, easy, and better than my usually half sugar, half cocoa hot chocolate.

hot chocolate

3 teaspoons cocoa
3 teaspoons white sugar
3 pinches of chili powder
3 dashes of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk

Add more of whatever you need and top up with milk. This is very good and you can taste the spice but it is by no means spicy.

Anyway, then Ashley came home from work, which is less exciting than home from Mexico, and still less exciting, but nevertheless awesome is that she brought home bottles of gin, vodka, and rum, and many many cookies, chocolate covered treats and antipasto. Apparently her office is overrun with awesome and she had to take some home. Meggie had just finished a test, and Laura stopped by and making a drink seemed like a good idea. We had nothing to mix anything with, but our wall of tea is generally thought to be awesome:

tea

Basically, we brewed some Fresh Air, which is this awesome lemon grass and peppermint herbal tea from Tealish. Tealish is basically my favourite place ever and they sell the most amazing teas in the cutest ways. I am too into cute packaging. Then we iced the tea, added honey and gin and an amazing drink was born:

new drink!

After this we spent a lot of time patting ourselves on the back and discussing how this was going to be our signature cocktail at the restaurant of our dreams.

Then! Ashley and Tony came over, even though Gossip Girl was not on, and Ashley brought a bottle of red with some cloves and an orange and a plan of mulled wine. We had never done this before but it was totally delicious.

mulled wine

1 ½ cups water
½ cups sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom pods
orange
cloves
1 bottle of red wine

Push the cloves into the orange, using as many as you want. Cloves are wonderful, so I would use a lot. Bring the water, sugar and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Then, turn down the heat to low, add the crushed cardamom, the cloved orange, and the bottle of red and let it simmer for twenty minutes.

mulled wine

At first I was very skeptical, because this sweet sweet drink reminded me of mead, which I remember being so totally disgusting that I opted to give it to strangers at a bar in the Czech Republic. But slowly, the wine grew on me and it’s quite lovely and I think we generally agreed that the sweetness was not too overpowering. I was also concerned about the cardamoms, since my mother used to eat them in the pod and it was totally gross, but in moderation they do give a very nice flavour.

Also, I should note that while it looks like we were just drinking like mad on a Tuesday, it is basically the holidays! Also! We are young! And! We were celebrating Laura’s and Ashley’s return to the colder climate, and Meg’s and Ashley’s triumph over first semester. Just sayin’.

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