How to be a Mulled Wine Expert-The tasty European Holiday treat

Mulled simply means heated and spiced. So you can have mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled mead, etc. No one knows the true history of mulled wine, but there was medieval mention of the beverage. These drinks were thought to be healthy and served as tonics in the Roman Empire. Fast forward to around 1500 and British cookbooks speak of mulling Clarrey. This was Bordeaux wine infused with honey, cinnamon and cardamom. Those Victorian English enjoyed their mulled wine, and even served a version of it, called Negus, at children’s birthday parties.  Most likely, the drink got its origins from wine sellers who found themselves with some spoiled product. These innovative manufacturers heated their sour merchandise, flavored it with honey and spices and ta-da, a new drink was born. The perfect European remedy for the cold:

Glühwein, German mulled wine, is popular in German-speaking countries and the region of Alsace in France. It is the traditional beverage offered and drunk on Weihnachtsmarkten. It is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinammon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. Fruit wines such as blueberry wine and cherry wine are rarely used instead of grape wine in Germany.

In Italy, mulled wine is typical in the northern part of the country and is called vin brulé.

Glögg is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries in (Swedish and Icelandic: Glögg, NorwegianDanish: Gløgg, Finnish and Estonian: Glögi)

Navegado is a kind of mulled wine typically from Chile it is also called Candola in Concepción. The word navegado comes from the Spanish navegar meaning to navigate or sail. Navegado is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves and sugar. Almonds and rasins are often added.

The French sip vin chaud and the Poles polish off grzane wino. The Hungarians brew up forralt bor and the Czechs sip on Svařák all of which are all forms of mulled wine. No matter which way you slice it, the Europeans love their mulled wines at Christmas time.


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