What is Mulled Wine?
Is there any drink more Christmassy than mulled wine? This hot, spiced wine comes in many forms and is known by many names. Most famously, in German-speaking countries it is called gluhwein (or glühwein), and is served in annual holiday markets alongside sizzling sausages and spiced lebkuchen biscuits.
Meanwhile, the Nordic version of the drink, sipped in the likes of Sweden and Finland, is referred to as glögg.
But what is mulled wine? When we say something is ‘mulled’, we mean it is heated with sugar and spices. Mulled wine is thought to have roots in the second century, when Romans warmed and spiced wine for drinking in winter months. But it wasn’t until the medieval ages that the first written recipe was apparently penned.
The specifics of mulled wine have changed over time as tastes and the availability of ingredients have evolved, but the sentiment has stayed the same. Mulled wine is a cosy warmer-up for enjoying when the weather outside is cold.