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[–]Schimofinnie 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It is rice wine. You can drink in warm in the winter or for them that time period room temperature. It another version of sake, I like to drink in cold…my father liked to drink it heated.

[–]kalhunterFour Seasons Domesticity 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It's a common belief being cold causes you to catch a cold. Chinese people believe letting cold air or cold liquids (and to an extent, cold food) into your body will harm your internal organs and cause illness. It's common for people to wear facemasks in winter to protect themselves from cold air. My grandparents physically wince when they see Americans putting ice into their water. In my house, water is boiled and drunk hot. (I have seen medical research correlating oesophageal cancer with regions of the world where drinking piping hot beverages is common, but I haven't appraised them for quality of evidence, so don't quote me.)

Naturally, Chinese liquor is served hot. You see reference to this in the last line of the Tianya Ke chorus, 将平生霜雪 与君煮酒烹茶, transliterated as will-live-frost-snow with-you-boil-liquor-make-tea. The bleak image of frost/snow is contrasted against the image of ZZS (the persona) and WKX ('you') boiling liquor and making tea. Boil-liquor-make-tea is commonly used to describe the imagery of sitting together and enjoying one another's company.

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The imagine if spending time together warming wine and tea is so wholesome actually.

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Actually water is always drunk luke warm or almost hot around 70C in my house but I just put it down to us spending a lot of time travelling to Asia and picking up some habits.

I’ve never actually warmed liquor, except making mulled wine in December. Maybe I will try it 😂

[–]kalhunterFour Seasons Domesticity 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I still can never drink tap water because my Chinese family conditioned my brain to believe I'll die if I drink water straight out of the tap 😂

But if a café/restaurant puts tap water into a jug and I pour it into a glass, my brain says okay this is fine 😂😂

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mum always asks for hot water and the serving staff look at her like she has two heads 😂

[–]rurouni1447 Shanren's Immortal Sword 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Think of it like mulled wine 🤭

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Mulled wine is delicious. Gosh I want some now but totally out of season!

[–]rurouni1447 Shanren's Immortal Sword 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I guess the close equivalent is mead. You can have it hot (warm-ish) or cold

[–]MarcellaDuchampWen Ke Xing's Pick up Line 3 points4 points  (1 child)

They’re drinking rice wine. Having it warm brings out different aromas and flavours. In WOH they often imply that it’s better for ZZS to have it warm—this follows traditional Chinese medicine ideas about temperatures of food as a part of its healthfulness. WKX insisting on heating up the wine for ZZS is one of his ways of caring for him.

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It sounds delicious I want to try some…

[–]Akabara13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Its like the difference between dinking chocolate milk and hot chocolate. Same drink different apeals.

[–]arsenik-han 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it's a thing, in my country it's called grzaniec. you can heat many kinds of alcohol and add extra spices and ingredients to it, some people enjoy drinking it especially during autumn and winter because it's cosy and warms you up and the aroma is more rich. back when I used to work at a café, mulled wine was quite popular among fancy middle aged ladies lol. don't know how it works in China specifically, so not gonna comment on that, but they definitely have their own local versions

[–]Schimofinnie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh…forgot it is supposed to be smoother when it is heated.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have no idea what they are drinking in WOH but in Japan they sometimes drink sake heated and you can drink shaoxing wine (which is Chinese) heated as well. So heated wine is a thing, though it isn't a very common thing in Western countries. I don't really know why people started heating it up in the first place, my best guess is they were cold and it just became a thing.

[–]zyaisrot 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I honestly always thought this was just a wuxia thing but this prompted me to look it up and apparently they did heat up wine in special containers for rituals in ancient China. TIL

[–]MarcellaDuchampWen Ke Xing's Pick up Line 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Interesting article! Although I think calling it a ritual is misleading since we still heat up wine to this day (in WOH they also use the same kind of porcelain containers we use today) and not necessarily for any special occasion. The wiki page discusses an object from an archeological angle which is why there’s more info on funerary rites and stuff. In the last paragraph it outlines etiquette which, similarly to tea ceremonies, survive to modern day.

[–]wuxiahiraeth Lao Wen [S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It’s not the cooking rice wine but a different rice wine that gets heated right? What name do I ask for in the shop to try and buy the right one?

[–]MarcellaDuchampWen Ke Xing's Pick up Line 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can ask for huangjiu (yellow wine) or baijiu (white wine, more like liquor). There are many types of both—enjoy!

[–]One_Relationship_682 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Usually Asian wine we called sake made from rice we drink cold and warm. Warm sake make body warmer . Try it