National Mulled Wine Day
Mulled wine is a delicious way to enjoy a cheeky, unpretentious glass of red wine. Mulled simply refers to wine that has been heated and spiced.
Mulled wine is a blend of fruit and spices that brings out the sweetness of an alcoholic beverage and adds a spicy kick. Warming up by a fire with a cup of this delicious liquid on a cold night is a great way to beat the winter blues.
Mulled wine is often slowly and quietly introduced to people’s tables. The 2nd century is when the first spiced wine was made. Another historian suggests that this drink might have been called “Hipocris”, after Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician.
The Romans spread their recipes across Europe as they traveled. It is possible that this drink was developed by people who have Rome to thank.
The Forme of Cury is the first cookbook to mention mulled wine. It’s a medieval cookery manual from England, which has been dated back to 1390. This is an extremely old cookbook! This ancient recipe calls for red wine, sugar, ground cinnamon, ginger and pepper, along with nutmeg and cardamom.
Mulled wine is very popular in the United Kingdom. It is most common during winter when the outside temperature is above freezing. A German-speaking country called Gluhwein has a similar drink, and it uses many of the same ingredients.
Feuerzangenbowle is a more dramatic version. This requires a sugarloaf soaked in rum to be lit on fire and then allowed to drip into the wine.
It is possible to find ‘Glogg,’ a different mulled wine that is served in Nordic countries with ginger biscuits during winter. It doesn’t get cold enough in Italy, but Italians love the drink and add honey to sweeten it.
It’s quite common to find at most European countries at least one mulled wine. Mulled wine and mulled cider are available at almost every Christmas market across Europe. However, they can be fun to make at home.
National Mulled Wine Day is a great time to enjoy and celebrate this long-standing tradition.
National Mulled Wine Day aims to bring out the joy of mulled wines by taking some time to enjoy it. The first thing to do is to have a hot cup of this delicious beverage. There are many other wonderful ways to celebrate the occasion:
For those feeling creative, it can be very easy to make mulled wine at your home. It’s also not difficult to make. You only need to gather the basic ingredients: red wine, sugar and lemon and orange peel, cloves and cinnamon. For an extra sweet and flavorful kick, many people add vanilla extract.
Make the mulled wine by adding all the ingredients to a saucepan and boiling them together. Do not boil the mixture for too long or it will burn off the alcohol. Mulled wine can be enjoyed by those who don’t like alcohol. You can achieve the same effect by starting with juice or apple cider (nonalcoholic) instead.
A slow cooker is a great option for keeping the drink warm and safe for hours.
Mulled wine is usually second to other party features. It is usually served with a dessert such as Christmas cookies or mince pies. This drink is given the opportunity to shine on National Mulled Wine Day.
It doesn’t matter if the wine is homemade, or pre-purchased. The fun part is when the friends and family gather around and warm up to a hot mug.
A fun day activity could include a visit to a winery in celebration of National Mulled Wine Day. Wineries and vineyards may offer special pricing, tastings or other unique offerings to their guests for National Mulled Wine Day. Look through the listings to find out what’s available at a nearby vineyard or winery. Grab a friend, a coworker, or a family member to celebrate National Mulled Wine Day.