There are many ways to keep yourself warm in this cold weather: wear down-filled jacket, cuddle up with your loved ones by the fireplace or cupping your hands around and drinking a glass of mulled wine!
Mulled wine is usually made with red wine along with various spices and fruits, served hot or warm. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
The first documented history of heated and spiced wine dates back to the first century of ancient Rome. However, it was not until the 14th century that the mix of wine, fruit and spices gained the name, mulled wine. The concept of mulling wine was originally discovered as a way to get use of wine that was about to spoil.
Café Deco, a restaurant group in Hong Kong, has been serving mulled wine at their restaurants for many years during wintertime. It is currently on drinks menu of Berliner, Café Duvet and Peak Café Bar, which is offering the drink in snack set with cheese fondue.
“Actually a lot of people are familiar with this drink in Hong Kong now, but not a lot of people know about the origins or how to make it,” a representative of Café Deco comments, “At our restaurants, guests who order mulled wine are mainly westerners and the majority of them are women.”
The taste of mulled wine varies depending on the type of wine used, what spices are included and how long it is heated. For some it takes a couple of tries to adjust to the perfect taste that fits your palate.
Port and claret are traditional choices for mulled wine.
This winter, try to make your own mulled wine with a recipe provided by Café Deco:
- 2 bottles of 0.75lt. Red Wine
- 1 pc Orange Zest & Juice filtered
- 6 pcs Cloves
- 20 gm Cinnamon Stick (~4-5pcs)
- 100 gm Brown Sugar
- 50 gm Caster Sugar
- Put all the ingredients into a large pot and boil them until you can smell the aroma of mulled wine.
- Turn off the heat and remove all the fruit and the cinnamon sticks so the mulled wine runs clear without any bits in it.
- Taste and adjust ingredients. Serve warm to hot.