Festive Drink Series: Mulled Wine

Many love cozying up to the holiday season with a glass of mulled wine.. but did you know earlier traces of the drink are found in ancient Egypt?

“First reported on the scene in 3150 BCE in ancient Egypt, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found jars excavated in 2009 from Scorpion I, one of Egypt’s first pharaohs, detecting some interesting residue inside that “provides the earliest direct chemical evidence for wine with organic medicinal additives.”

Glühwein, vin brulé, vino caliento… Today, there are many variations around the world & you can even make it at home!


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2–4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan & heat until the mixture reaches simmer point. Make sure to avoid boiling! Reduce heat & let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain & serve warm. Enjoy! ?

Source: https://www.naplesillustrated.com/cocktail-corner-mulled-wine/  Recipe source: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/mulled-wine-recipe/ Image: Marco Verch on Flickr

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