The History Of Mulled Wine



Is there anything better to warm you up on a cold winter’s day than a nice hot mug of mulled wine? Mulled wine you ask? If you have never tried it or even heard of it, you are missing what is one of the best parts of the winter season and Christmas!

Mulled wine is essentially hot, sweetened red wine! Throw in some additional fruits and warming spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg for aromatic purposes and you have yourself Christmas in a mug!

This simple concept goes back to the Ancient Greeks who would heat wine for medicinal purposes to help combat the winter colds and viruses that go about at this time of year. It is from this act that began the widespread use of mulled wine.

This was then passed on and continued to grow throughout the middle ages with the introduction of the additional spices being introduced by the Europeans. The drink quickly spread across the whole of Europe but eventually later faded out with the exception of the Swedes continuing with the tradition. The Swedish later made many variations of this drink where they mixed Rhen wine, sugar, honey and spices to make Claret and mixed various spices, wine and milk to make Lutendrank. Collectively these drinks were later called glögg.


It was the glögg drink that went on to become associated with Christmas and was quickly adopted by wine merchants that created their own unique recipe of this drink and was distributed throughout the rest of Europe and eventually became a global phenomenon, with countries all over the world creating their own unique blends.


To this day, mulled wine continues to be a great Christmas tradition. Jessie Mays in Edinburgh will be serving up mulled wine for the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas to help warm you up! Why not pop in for a nice warm mug for only £2!.

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