The Germans and the Swedes have certainly made their mark in the book of mulled wine recipes, with the likes of Glühwein and Gløgg. The Romans, however, were the original inventors. As they traipsed across Britannia, their legions brought the art of winemaking as far as the Scottish border.
Venturing that far north meant they probably warmed up their wine out of necessity - it was surely the only way to stop their knees from knocking together under those armored skirts. For that, we’re forever grateful - so we’ve come up with our own Novel take on a winter warming recipe.
Choose the wrong bottle and mulled wine can get too heavy for an evening tipple. An English red, believe it or not, fits the bill for a refreshing beverage, and it's unlikely to give you a bad hangover. A bottle like the Sixteen Ridges Pinot Noir is lighter-bodied due to the lack of strong tannins - and yet is still packed with herbaceous flavour and juicy red cherries.
Instead of going heavy on the baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, we’ve added cardamom and fennel to our recipe. Such green spices perfectly complement a lighter wine.
An optional (but recommended) addition to our festive punch recipe is a few glugs of English ginger wine. Made with fermented ginger and raisins, ginger wine has been marked for its medicinal values since the 18th century when it was first distilled in the City of London.
This recipe will make about 12 servings.
Do as the Romans do and bring back the art form of brewing mulled wine - with a light and refreshing recipe unlike any you’ve tried before. Cheers!