Winter in a glass is what I would call mulled wine! A delightfully easy recipe to make some and celebrate the Christmas spirit!
Mulled wine has something special about it. It is almost like winter in a glass for me. As a drink, it comes as close to spiced hot chocolate (which my sister is making right now, as we speak). So here is my quick and easy recipe to make mulled wine. Make some, drink it warm and rejoice in the spirit for Xmas, the spirit of winter.
Apparently, the mulled wine has its origins in the era of Romans. They heated wine to protect themselves from the cold winter. This drink became popular all over Europe and the addition of spices in the drink started as it was believed to promote health. In the Scandinavian countries, mulled wine took the form of glogi which was mainly drunk by messengers and postmen. Eventually in the 1890s, glogi started to get associated with Christmas.
Now mulled wine is a very popular drink through out the world. And what I love about this drink is that when it is really cold outside, the hot drink warms you up completely. And you can play around with the spices too. If there is a particular spice you want to stand out (read cinnamon in my case!) you can just adjust the spices according to your taste.
One another really awesome recipe I learnt from my dad is the warm rum cocktail. That is also one drink which I always look forward to making when it is really cold. Though it really does not get very cold in Bangalore (at least not as much as Delhi) these are two warm drinks with alcohol which I really love.
If you are planning an Xmas party or just a get together, try this mulled wine for sure!