Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Mulled Wine

There’s nothing better than a glass of warm mulled wine on a cool evening… We’ve found the simplest recipe for you to try at home!

Mulled Wine; it’s the perfect treat heading into the cooler months! Simple to make and even easier to serve, it’s an entertainer’s dream. 

We’ve compiled everything you’ve ever wanted to know about spiced wine, including a basic recipe, which wines are best to use and what foods are best served with it. 

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Where did mulled wine originate?

It’s the winter drink of choice amongst those who live in the colder regions of Australia. However, the history of mulled wine is one that is a topic of much debate. 

Originating way back in the second century with the Romans. Mulled wine — sometimes known as spiced wine — was created as a way for the Romans to defend themselves against the harsh winters. The Romans went on to conquer and trade with Europe, hence the growth of the tradition throughout Europe in the middle ages.

The ideology behind the recipe soon became a way to make use of spoiled grapes, which were unfit for general production. Before too long, adding spices became the norm, with the growing belief being that spices would ward off illnesses. The improved taste of the spoiled wine that the added spices gave was simply a bonus. This has become what we now call ‘mulled wine’.


A simple mulled wine recipe.

If you’re looking for a simple mulled wine recipe, look no further than Broma Bakerys recipe. This recipe takes about five minutes to make and will leave you with the perfect mulled wine for any occasion. 

For your mulled wine, you’ll need the following (but feel free to add your own twist):

  • 1 bottle of medium-bodied red wine.
  • ¼ brown sugar.
  • ¼ cup of bourbon.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • 3 star anise.
  • 4 whole cloves.
  • 1 orange.
  • 1 blood orange. 

Simply combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over a medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for five minutes. Serve in your favourite mugs and decorate with any remaining ingredients.  

If you’re making spiced wine yourself doesn’t take your fancy, head to your local wine bar and try their mulled wine.


What to serve with mulled wine.

Thanks to the Victorian Era, mulled wine is traditionally served in Europe as a festive drink. However, due to the nature of our seasons, Australians tend to drink mulled wine in the cooler months of the year.  

If you’re thinking of making a cheese platter to accompany your mulled wine, featuring a blue cheese is a must! The sharp flavour and creamy texture compliments the mulled wine spices perfectly. If you’re not a blue cheese fan, opt for saltier cheeses for the best match. 

Cheese fondue is another popular choice amongst entertainers. Fondue is traditionally made with Swiss Cheese, melted and served in a heated dish. It is eaten by dipping bread into the cheese. So simple!

Many people also enjoy Swedish treats with their mulled wine. Glogg, the Swedish version of mulled wine, is a popular drink around Christmas across Sweden. If you are opting to have mulled wine during the holiday season, mince pies are also a popular choice. The rich flavours of the fruit mince compliment the mulled wine spices.


Other frequently asked questions about mulled wine.

1. What is mulled wine?

Traditionally, mulled wine (also known as spiced wine) is warm wine, infused with spices.

2. Can you use a slow cooker to make mulled wine?

A slow cooker can be used to make mulled wine. In fact, using a slow cooker is the easiest method if you have the time, as it allows the sugar and spices to diffuse into the wine. 

Slow cookers also prove to be the perfect serving solution if you’re looking to entertain with mulled wine as it’ll keep your wine at a constant temperature and allow for easy serving.

3. What is the easiest way to make mulled wine?

The easiest way to make mulled wine is to use a slow cooker, if you have one. Otherwise, simply complete the same steps in a large pot on the stove. Simply combine your sugar, bottles of wine and spices. Heat until sugar has dissolved and the mulled wine is sitting at a temperature of around 60°C.

4. Why is it called mulled wine?

Mulled wine got its name from its preparation process. To make mulled wine, spices must be infused or mulled into the wine. However, this isn’t the only name the warm beverage goes by. It is sometimes known as spiced wine or Gluhwein in Germany.

5. What kind of wine is best to use for mulled wine?

The wine used to make your mulled wine is completely up to your preference. Traditionally, mulled wine is made with medium-to-heavy-bodied red wine, such as a malbec or cabernet sauvignon.

Look for young wines with fruity undertones, unoaked if possible. Most importantly, ensure you get a wine that you enjoy drinking.

6. What temperature should mulled wine be served at?

The general rule of thumb for serving mulled wine is to serve it at around 60°C. As wine has a lower boiling point than water, it is important to not exceed this temperature as boiling will reduce the alcohol content.

7. Can you use white wine for mulled wine?

In short, yes, you can use white wine for mulled wine. A white mulled wine will have a similar flavour profile but will be lighter in body. When choosing a white we recommend selecting a wine that is non-acidic, such as an oaked Chardonnay.

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