Hong Kong events and education brand The Woods wants to ensure the everyone has their Stay-At-Home Christmas essentials.
Aside from. their wonderful Mulled Wine recipe (which is listed below), the brand has two other ideas to help people get through the holidays at home. So even though it’s been a roller coaster of a year, The Woods believe that there is no reason why why this holiday season can’t still be merry, boozy, and bright!
While it’s true that everyone is getting Zoom fatigue, The Woods believes that their Zoom class will perk up even the weariest of eyes. Be it a socially distanced get-together with friends or a virtual office Christmas ‘bash’, you’ll learn plenty of fun facts about your favourite spirits so the next time we can go out and about to bars again, you will have no shortage of conversation starters to share.
To make the most of the season, The Woods has dropped their minimum participants for a private session to 8 for the month of December, and they are now delivering their kits to Singapore, Taiwan, and beyond. For more on their classes, click here.
The Woods team members have taken the spirit of. the season and created a new start-up called The Yay Co to launch a new range of products called Snapcrackers!
Snapcrackers are a new take on traditional Christmas crackers but applicable to any occasion and filled with games and toys that are environmentally conscious. With everyone is home this Christmas, why not add a festive touch and make celebrating at home, far less ordinary? Perfect for engaging multi-generational families, host/hostess gifts, and dinner party favours.
So whether you’re looking for gifts for your loved ones or just want to make sure you celebrate this holiday season the best way possible, enjoy an extra 10% off your total order using the promo code [ YAYWOODS ] on theyay.co!
But now let’s get to the Mulled Wine, as nothing feels better than a hot mug of mulled wine with all the aroma of spices wafting through the air. Here’s the brands favourite recipe below for you to recreate in your own home or bottle as a gift!
– 850ml water
– 450g coconut sugar or brown sugar
– 1 orange (use the orange peels – be sure to remove the white pith, then cut the remaining orange into chunks)
– 8 whole cloves
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– 2 bay leaves
– 2 star anise
– 1/2 nutmeg, grated
– 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or a vanilla pod, split)
1. Put all the ingredients together in a large pan on the hob. Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil, stirring regularly. Reduce to a high simmer for 20 minutes or until the syrup reaches your desired consistency, stirring every few minutes. As the mixture is cooking I like to push down on the oranges with a spoon to release as much flavour as possible into the syrup.
2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining it through a sieve. Pour the sieved syrup into a sterilised airtight bottle.
3. To make mulled wine heat 750ml of red wine and 100ml of mulled syrup together in a saucepan on low heat. Keep the mixture on the heat just long enough for it to warm up, you do not want it to boil. Serve in glasses with slices of orange and star anise.