Mulled wines for the holidays… Nothing like kicking back with a few friends and enjoying a warm spiced beverage, even in this fairly mild winter season so far. Mulled wines have been around since at least medieval times and were called Hipocris (after Hippocrates the physician) because people believed that they had special health properties. During a time when water wasn’t as sanitary as wine, these drinks may have in fact kept people alive through the winter by keeping them warm and bacteria free.
Later on mulled wine transformed in Europe by adding raisins and almonds. This new drink was typically higher in sugar and alcoholic content and was called “Gluwein” the precursor to today’s popular drink, Glogg.
Today we can enjoy these in our forced air “castles” in a much more sanitary time, but I urge you to huddle around your gas fireplace and drink this wonderful spiced drink with friends by firelight. Enjoy the past you’ve had with them and the blessings of the year. Most of all, enjoy the bouquet of flavor that comes with a drink served in this season alone.
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