Getting to work this morning was miserable, not least because the treacherous downpour let up as soon as I stepped into the office. Fortunately, my useful little space heater warmed me – and dried my sodden open-toe shoes and pants – in no time.
Fortunately, there are cures for otherwise despondent and gloomy days. Think a glass of hot port with a twist of lemon, and a brand new book awaiting to be explored, or a group of close friends lounging in plush arm chairs in a dimly lit room. I’ve had glugg (hot spiced red wine) and warm mead before, but was introduced to hot port at the Duke of Perth one recent nippy fall night.
It was delicious, and I’m a convert, not least because of the generous pour. Now, I love port by itself, but I usually can’t drink more than a half glass at a time because at 20% alcohol, it’s too sweet for my palate.
25% boiling water
Twist of lemon
Nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon to taste (my hot port didn’t come with the spices, but I think I’ll add these the next time I drink it)
Mix, and enjoy