Warm Spiced Wines From Europe: Gluhwein, Glögg and British Mulled Wine
Types of Mulled Wines
Mulled wines are usually red, combined with spices and served warm. Several variations of mulled wine are served across Europe as a traditional drink from autumn thru winter, especially around Christmas.
The most common mulled drinks are British mulled wine, Glögg from Nordic countries and Gluhwein from Germany.
Mulled drinks are made with any basic red wine such as Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. Recipes often specify a somewhat sweet "cheap" or "inexpensive" wine.
In several Nordic countries, mulled wines are served.
Proper names for the drink include:
Glögg in Sweden and Iceland
Glögg in Norway and Denmark Gløgg
Glögi in Estonia and Finland.
Versions of the drink are sometimes served in American homes, where the drink is (mis)spelled "glog" or "glogg".
Gluhwein is a hot spiced wine that is traditional in Germany. During the cold months, open air markets appear, serving Gluhwein, snacks, holiday decorations, and other collectibles.
Traditional recipes involve slowly steeping wine, spices and fruit to perfection. A simpler preparation uses "tea bags" of spices, called Glühfix to simplify making the drink. Regardless of the recipe, Gluhwein is served hot, often with a shot of liquor added.
Mulled Wine Mixes
British Mulled Wine
Like other mulled wines, British versions use slightly sweet red wine, cinnamon sticks, sugar, cloves, and fruits such as oranges. In the United Kingdom, mulled wine is often enjoyed during the evening, at home or while out shopping.