“Fetch him some hot wine with cloves, I am misliking the sound of that cough. Squeeze some lime in it as well. And bring white cheese and a bowl of those cracked green olives we counted earlier! Davos, I will join you soon, once I have bespoken our good captain. You will be forgiving me, I know. Do not eat all the olives, or I will be cross with you!” -A Storm of Swords
Salladhor Saan’s Hot Wine
While spiced red wine is perfectly suited to winter in the frozen North, this recipe uses more summery, exotic ingredients that one might find in the holds of a pirate captain’s ship: vanilla, lime, and expensive spices.
This is a unique twist on a usual mulled wine recipe, resulting in something vaguely like a hot sangria. Each of the flavors takes its turn on the palate, from the initial burst of citrus to the semi-sting of cloves and pepper, while the bay leaves impart just a slight hint of earthiness. The vanilla and honey combine to sweeten out the tartness of the lime, rounding out the full taste experience of this drink.
A must try for those who like hot wine!
Salladhor Saan’s Hot Wine Recipe
Cook’s Note: I chose to use a white wine, even though the wine in the book is a red.
- 1 lime, keep the peel and half the juice
- 700 ml white fruity wine (that is 1 normal bottle)
- 1-2 vanilla pods (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 3 bay leaves
- ~10 whole cloves
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of white pepper
- 3 -4 tablespoons honey
- 6 tablespoons white port (optional, but fortifying)