The Spicy History of Mulled Wine

The perfect cure for a cold, rainy day

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The History of Mulled Wine

Most people know of mulled wine as a winter tradition, but it actually dates back to the 2nd century. In an effort to avoid dumping old, leftover, or spoiled wine, mulled wine was created by using heat, sugar, and spices to mask the bad taste. This is why most recipes you’ll see today recommend using a cheap red wine. The nuances of pricey bottles will be lost in the sugar and spice.

How It’s Made

Mulled wine is shockingly simple to make. Basically, you mix a bottle of red wine, brown sugar, brandy (optional), and a whole bunch of mulling spices — like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg — over the stove and let them simmer for a bit.

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