This time of year, parties with friends, family, and cheer fill our calendars, and stir up flavorful experiences. If you’ve ever traveled through Europe during the winter or holiday season, you’ve likely been offered a glass of mulled wine, a warm, cider-like cocktail with a unique taste, and a rich history.
Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century. It was created by the Romans who would heat wine to defend their bodies against the cold winter. As the Romans conquered much of Europe throughout the next century, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they traded with.
Originating in the second century, the Romans used warm wine to guard against cold during harsh winters. Through the ages, Europeans would use heated wine, combined with spices as a health tonic, believing it would prevent sickness.
Mulled wine disappeared for some time, but reemerged in the 1600’s by the name glögg in a handful of recipe books. By the late 19th century, glögg had become closely associated with holiday celebrations and Christmas, and new adaptations brought this historic drink back into the light.
As with most recipes, the better your wine or spirit, the better the drink. Try our mulled wine recipe below for your next holiday or cold weather party, as it’s sure to take the chill off and warm up guests from the inside out!
Snowbirds Mulled Merlot Cheer
- 750 ml bottle of Snowbirds Vintners 2013 Merlot
- 1 cup port
- 1 cup apple juice
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves
- 4 cardamom pods, crushed
- 3 star anise
- Peels from 2 oranges
- Fresh ginger, approx 1 inch, peeled
- 1 each vanilla Bean, split
Simmer all above ingredients in a large sauce pot for over med low heat for 45 minutes. Strain and serve warm in mugs garnished with golden raisins and marcona almonds.