It isn’t a question of if you’ll drink mulled wine this holiday season, but rather when. This cold-weather staple is just as much a part of Fall as the leaves changing colors, fireplaces, and lattes. Mulled wine is the perfect mix of a great bottle of red wine and spices like clove, cardamom, and cinnamon. We decided to put our very own twist on this classic by adding in our Springline Signature coffee. This cocktail is easy to make and great for any holiday gatherings!
Mulled wine has been around almost since the beginning of time, with it being traced back to the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks weren’t the kind of people to leave extra wine on the table. To prevent waste, they would add spices to the wine and heat it. Mulled wine was thought to be a medicinal tonic to warm the body during the cold seasons. One story claims that the Greeks called their mulled wine "hippocras", which was named after the Father of Medicine himself, Hippocrates. The word spread, and soon the Ancient Romans were heating their wine with spices, which was called “Conditum Paradoxum,” and a version of this recipe is still sold today. In the second century, as the Romans began to conquer most of Europe, the consumption of mulled wine spread. The warm winter drink became very popular during Victorian England around the 16th century, where it was safer to drink wine than water due to the plague. More spices such as figs and coriander were added to the wine. Modern-day mulled wine is now enjoyed for the flavorful drink it is rather than to ward off the cold or plague. Though there many variations, traditional mulled wine recipes typically involve the use of red wine and spices such as cloves and citrus. Now that we know a little bit about where spiced wine originated from, it’s time to get down to some drink making.
Things to Know
A few things to keep in mind while making your mulled wine.
- The below recipe is for one serving, and it is essential that your Springline Signature coffee is freshly brewed. It is the coffee’s heat that helps to combine all of the ingredients in the cocktail shaker. If you are using coffee brewed earlier or cold brew, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and let simmer for 10 minutes before pouring.
- If you are making a large batch of mulled wine for a holiday gathering, we recommend paring up the recipe and combining all ingredients in a saucepan or crockpot.
- Our recipe includes cardamom and clove, but you can add other spices to make it your own. Do be careful not to add too many spices, as no one enjoys drinking a mugful of potpourri.
- 6oz freshly brewed Springline Signature
- 2oz Aperol
- 2oz your choice of Red Wine
- 0.5oz simple syrup
- Cinnamon stick
- Combine Springline Signature with Aperol, red wine, and simple syrup.
- Shake gently to combine ingredients.
- Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cardamom and clove.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!
We’d love to hear what you think of our Springline Signature mulled wine. Share a picture with us by tagging us on Facebook at @SpringlineCoffee or Instagram at @springline_coffee and using hashtag #nauticoffee! We hope you enjoy this cocktail all season long!