In Europe, a simmering pot of mulled wine is about as common as a cup of coffee around the holidays. Christmas markets are a staple in Germany; the streets are adorned with twinkling lights, artisan craftwork, and of course, a mighty Christmas tree. A stroll through the market wouldn’t be complete without a cup of spiced mulled wine in tow, also known as glühwein in Germany and Austria. You’ve probably tasted this comforting beverage at holiday parties, but may be surprised to know this winter cocktail has been enjoyed since ancient Rome and was used as herbal medicine to ward off the winter chill.
In Sweden, a version of this brew is called glögg, in Germany and Austria glühwein, England wassail and in France vin chaud. The tradition of simmering comforting, warming spices with red or white wine or cider has gained popularity around the world, and each region enjoys their own unique twist on this age-old recipe. Some cultures even turn it up a notch with vodka or brandy!
Inspired by this Austrian glühwein recipe, we crafted a slightly spicier version using our organic Ginger tea. Traditional medicine practices, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, use ginger to warm the body, ease stomach discomfort and relieve nausea.* The sweetness of the wine and sugar paired with spicy ginger creates a bold and flavorful holiday cocktail that’s sure to awaken the taste buds and impress your friends and family. Many Europeans believe this concoction to bring light into the depths of winter, defend our bodies from the cold weather, and inspire a cheerful holiday glow.