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Winter Drinks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Green Gaia, Dec 11, 2005.

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  1. Hot Cocoa

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  2. Wassail

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  3. Egg Nog

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  4. Hot Buttered Rum

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  5. Apple Cider

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  6. Tea

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  7. Other

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  1. Green Gaia

    Green Gaia Veteran Member

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    What is your favorite cold weather/holiday drink?

    Hot Cocoa
    Wassail
    Egg Nog
    Hot Buttered Rum
    Apple Cider
    Tea

    Something else?
     
  2. Ori

    Ori Angel slayer

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    Hot choclate, although if I have too much I start sweating.
    Tea is good too, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, as long as it's strong and sweet.
     
  3. Aqualung

    Aqualung Tasty

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    Apple Cider. I could drink barrels of that. My favourite drink, although my family isn't in the habit of drinking it, so I have to scrounge around for it.
     
  4. Dark_Waltz

    Dark_Waltz Active Member

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    Cocoa and coffee my fave, whittards do a nice chocolate and cinnamon flavour coffee but its really only nice in small doses for me
     
  5. Bishka

    Bishka Veteran Member

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    Hot chocolate is great.
     
  6. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    "Other" Anything alcoholic until now...........my first 'dry' Christmas; I am dreading it....................:(
     
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  7. Green Gaia

    Green Gaia Veteran Member

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    I'd have to pick my Mom's Wassail, but I love hot cocoa, tea and apple cider too. My Dad will make a batch of Hot Buttered Rum on Christmas Eve, and it's good, but I couldn't drink it all the time. The only egg nog I've ever liked is Silk's Soy Nog, I love it, but I can't drink the real thing.
     
  8. Pardus

    Pardus Proud to be a Sinner.

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    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
    Mead!!!
     
  9. Dark_Waltz

    Dark_Waltz Active Member

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    I keep meaning to make/try mead !
     
  10. Pah

    Pah Uber all member

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    My favorite, from my skiing days, was Austrian Stroh's Rum (160 proof) and hot chocolate.
     
  11. Sunstone

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    Is beer a winter drink?
     
  12. Pah

    Pah Uber all member

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    Yes indeed! It is a German beer served in late fall and winter called "double boch".
     
  13. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    WHAT IS WASSAIL????

    I've sung the song and have NO IDEA what I am singing about! :D
     
  14. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Registered People sTabber

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    The hot chocalate wear I work is the best I've ever had, but I would still prefer a cup of cappacino. Mainly English Toffee, Mocha, White chocalate & caramel, and other odd flavored ones, such as a Butterfinger flavored one, or a Strawberry Shortcake.
     
  15. Pardus

    Pardus Proud to be a Sinner.

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    All you tea totlers!
     
  16. glasgowchick

    glasgowchick Gives Glory to God !!!

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    Well done Michel, :clap Try not look at is as something to be dreaded, Look at it as a blessing and be encouraged at the fact you have come this far, you know as an achievement..One day at a time Michel..kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.. :woohoo:
     
  17. glasgowchick

    glasgowchick Gives Glory to God !!!

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    I voted for egg nog but I guess I will have to go for the hot chocolate, we can't get egg nog here in the UK, If there is egg nog here then I have yet to find it..If anyone here in the uk has seen it around please please let me know where to buy it. My hubby made it one time, it was ok but nothing like store bought.. :(
     
  18. glasgowchick

    glasgowchick Gives Glory to God !!!

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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Done that before, sang my lungs out to a song called Mull of Kintyre and thought " never heard of the place in my life " LOL!!!!!!! I have of course heard of it now but at the time I didn't have a clue LOL!!!!!!!!.

    Found this for you tho!!!

    Wassailing has been associated with Christmas and New Year as far back as the 1400s. It was a way of passing on good wishes among family and friends.

    Wassail is an ale-based drink seasoned with spices and honey. It was served from huge bowls, often made of silver or pewter. The Wassail bowl would be passed around with the greeting, 'Wassail'.

    Wassail gets its name from the Old English term "waes hael", meaning "be well". It was a Saxon custom that, at the start of each year, the lord of the manor would shout 'waes hael'. The assembled crowd would reply 'drinc hael', meaning 'drink and be healthy'.

    As time went on, the tradition was carried on by people going from door to door, bearing good wishes and a wassail bowl of hot, spiced ale. In return people in the houses gave them drink, money and Christmas fayre and they believed they would receive good luck for the year to come.

    The contents of the bowl varied in different parts of the country, but a popular one was known as lambs wool. It consisted of ale, baked apples, sugar, spices, eggs, and cream served with little pieces of bread or toast. It was the bread floating on the top that made it look like lamb's wool.

    One of the most popular Wassailing Carols went like this:

    Here we come a-wassailing
    Among the leaves so green,
    Here we come a-wassailing,
    So fair to be seen:

    Love and joy come to you,
    And to you your wassail too,
    And God bless you and send you,
    A happy New Year,
    And God send you,
    A happy new year.


    Wassailing of Apple Trees
    Apple trees were sprinkled with wassail to ensure a good crop. Villagers would gather around the apple trees with shotguns or pots and pans and made a tremendous racket to raise the Sleeping Tree Spirit and to scare off demons. A toast was then drunk from the Wassail Cup.

    This custom was especially important during a time when part of a labourer's wages was paid in apple cider. Landlords needed a good apple crop to attract good workers. Wassailing was meant to keep the tree safe from evil spirits until the next year's apples appeared.

    Apple Tree Wassail
    Oh apple tree, we'll wassail thee
    And hoping thou wilt bear
    For the Lord does know where we may go
    To be merry another year

    To grow well and to bear well
    And so merrily let us be
    Let every man drink up his glass
    And a health to the old apple tree
    Brave boys, and a health to the old apple tree

    Today the wassail songs are being sung again at farms and pubs in several parts of England by people who decided to revive the old custom of blessing the crops and singing to good health.

    Wassailing Events

    Wassailing the Apple Tree, Carhampton, Somerset, Mid January
     
  19. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    Gluhwein (or Vin Fiert, they're essentially the same). I've never tried what the English call mulled wine, so I'm not sure if that tastes the same or not, but it's basically red wine, heated with various spices, sugar and lemons. Great, but it seems to affect you (alcohol wise) incredibly quickly and it also tends to make you sweat (particularly if you have black pepper in it like Romanians often do). It's great for colds, though.

    James
     
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  20. Darkdale

    Darkdale World Leader Pretend

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    Coffee! Coffee all the time. Pure Kona is good, usually any fresh beans from soil rich South America is good, or dry beans from India or Africa. Must be ground directly before consumption. None of this buying it ground nonsense. Also, no Coffee from Starbucks. They sell over-price crap-coffee harvested with slave labor. Down with Starbucks! No flavored coffee. That should be illegal. No milk. No creme. No sugar. No splenda. Just straight, beautiful black coffee.
     
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