It was in medieval times when mulled wine was discovered, and when it also became apparent that there were health benefits to be gained by drinking mulled wine. Originally known as Hipocris, as it was named after a physician of the same name, this drink was often served at children’s parties in the Victorian era. During this period, its common ingredients were French wine, honey, cinnamon and cardamon.
Over recent years, mulled wine has become more popular again, frequently being drunk at festive occasions and at parties too. There are many recipes that are used to make this wine, with people experimenting to find the taste that is preferable to them. The ingredients are nearly always natural, thus enhancing the health benefits of mulled wine. Ingredients such as rosemary, honey and cloves can be added, with further experimenting, by adding brandy and brown sugar. But the choices are endless, with the basic ingredient being red or white wine, it does not matter.
In Germany and France, mulled wine is often popular and in this region it is generally made from heated red wine, with vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks added.
The Czech Republic enjoys a similar wine to this, and it is known as boiled wine.
The Poles also recognize the health benefits of mulled wine, following the example of the Germans and French, but they also enjoy mulled beer which has a sweet taste. This has become very popular in many parts of Poland.
In Romania, it is once again called boiled wine but the Romanians add peppercorns to achieve their acquired taste.
In Moldova, honey and black pepper are added to red wine, to make their specific recipe of mulled wine.
The Latvians call it hot wine, and here the health benefits of mulled wine are enhanced by using Riga Black Balsam, added to currant or grape juice.
Glogg is the name for mulled wine in Scandinavian countries. The main ingredients being red wine, spices with sugar or syrup and, to increase the strength, spirits such as vodka or brandy are added. A non-alcoholic option is also made, but by using fruit juice instead of wine. Before Christmas, all over Scandinavia, Glogg parties are held to commemorate the occasion.
The health benefits of mulled wine are recognized by many of the worlds developed countries, as the tradition of drinking and enjoying it, continue.