This post was inspired by a lack of snowboarding skills and the fact that drinking is much easier to do than boarding. I recently spent the weekend up at Mount Hotham to continue to develop my snowboarding skills in time for the Winter Olympics. I’ve been snowboarding a handful of times before and somehow, every time I go, I forget how hard on the body it is. However, I’ve recently just learnt, apparently when you’re not continuously falling over its not as painful. Interesting development.
So anyway, we had a biiiig first day. We were out of bed while it was still dark and headed up the mountain ready to go. We kept riding right up until the lifts closed at 4.30pm and this is where my downfall was. I was absolutely buggered. I knew I should have called it a day earlier on. But I was sucked into just ‘one last run’. It happens. Olympic strength doesn’t come from calling it a day early you know. But alas, it was that time of the day when my body just gave up on me. It was tired and over it.
That night I was feeling a bit fragile. I knew what was coming. I woke up a few times during the night because my muscles were so sore and any slight movement in my sleep was terribly painful. But, the next day we went out again and I was already tired halfway through the first run. I was ready for a refreshing drink and it was only 9.30am. When at Hotham right?! So without much debate (“I’m buggered, I kinda feel like a cider” “Yeah same actually”) we took our well deserved break and watched the little kids stack it on the jumps below us while enjoying an icy cold cider.
We did muster up the energy to get a few more runs in before we had to leave for Melbourne (funny how paying $$$ for a lift pass will make you push yourself) but the drive home got me excited to be able to relax and recover on the couch. A cold refreshing drink is perfect for when you’re exhausted and just want that little kick – (see Sunday morning.) A nice warm beverage is just the ticket for when you get to the couch and have no immediate plans to leave (see Sunday night.) Set up with a blanket and a good book or addictive Netflix series, you could be there for a while! And while my poor little muscles recovered this is exactly what I felt like doing! A cup of tea is a pretty good option, but for something a bit heartier, I was feeling more like a mulled wine.
Obviously I was in no state to be making up a batch that night, but the following night I was still in pain and ready for a wine. I looked up a few different recipes online and decided to use a mix of the common denominators in each recipe. Surely you can’t go wrong with that!
Mulled Wine – the perfect recovery from an amateurs snow trip
- A bottle of red wine. I used a Cab Sav as I had a bottle left over from the snow. Yes, left over wine. It doesn’t happen often!
- 2/3 cup of sugar. At first I thought it was a bit sweet so I considered using a bit less, but then the sweetness grew on me. Your call!
- peel of one lemon
- peel of one orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 7 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a generous sprinkling of nutmeg
Place all the ingredients into a saucepan except the wine. Cook, stirring for a few minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes or until your house is smelling amazing.
Add the rest of the wine and simmer for another 5 minutes or so.
Pour through a strainer into glasses and add your garnish of choice.
Get set up on the couch and snuggle in!