As the leaves start to change color and the nights become chilly, there is no better time to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, particularly in front of the fireplace with friends and family. Plus, the sweet, scented aroma that wafts through the house is an additional benefit.  But what exactly is mulled wine and from where did it originate?


History of Mulled Wine

Mulled wine has had a storied history. There is some controversy over who invented mulled wine first, the Romans or the Greeks. Some historians say mulled wine was created in the 2nd century by the Romans to warm themselves during the cold winters. This was especially useful as Roman armies moved across Europe conquering vast territories. Spices, herbs, and flowers were added to the warm wine to add sweetness and improve the flavor. Others believe that the Greeks were the first to develop it. They added spices and herbs to the least palatable part of the grape harvest, so not to waste any wine. The Greeks named this spiced warm wine, “hippocras,” after the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, as it was supposed to have health benefits. Mulled wine became very popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. However, the interest in mulled wine began to fade and wasn’t revived until the late 1800’s, when it became associated with the festive Christmas holiday season.


Recipe for Mulled Wine and Cider

Spice For Life has a very aromatic mulling spice blend made up of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and star anise. We put all these wonderful spices together for you, so all you need to do is add a hearty red wine or apple cider. We suggest each person sweeten the wine according to their own taste, adding honey, port, or orange juice to the mixture. Our SFL Mulled Wine and Cider recipe, which only takes 20 minutes to make.

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