Friday, December 14, 2012

Warm up with Gluhwëin

Here's the recipe straight from Zurich's famed Baur au Lac Hotel.

Bar au Lac Gluhwëin

6 1/3 cups red wine
2 cups water
1/2 lemon, sliced
pinch of cloves
sugar to taste

Mix ingredients together in a large pot and stir over medium heat. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
Strain through a cheesecloth and serve in individual glasses, each garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Skaná Spa refreshers for any season

Crowded stores, even more crowded planes and trains and other exposures of the holiday season make for scratchy throats but Skaná Spa at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in upstate New York has the answer.

Chef de Cuisine Michael Zmigrodski, Wildflowers Restaurant in The Lodge at Turning Stone, developed a series of antioxident- and vitamin-packed refreshers with spa experts, basing them on centuries-old healing and wellness principles of the Oneida people.

Here's the recipe for one. Recipes for others can be found at

Skana´ Meyer Lemon Mint infused soother

1 gallon water
6 Meyer Lemons, zested, seeds removed
10 sprigs mint

Combine zest, lemon and water in a large container and allow to cold steep for at least 6 hours.
Strain through a fine mesh.
Fill pitcher with Meyer Lemon and Mint water. Garnish with slices of lemon and sprigs of mint. Serve chilled.

Skaná means peace in the Oneida language and may this soother infuse you with peace in the coming weeks.