As the end of the year approaches, many smells and flavors delicately remind us of the holiday season. Among them, we find mulled wine. This drink immerses us in the holiday atmosphere. The beverage accompanies us during the evenings around a fireplace. It has even become a tradition at Christmas. But do you know the history of mulled wine?
Mulled wine: first traces in antiquity
The origins of mulled wine go back to the Antiquity, that is to say towards the first century of our era. We owe its creation to the Romans. At that time, they boiled the drink with spices and honey. Then they added dates.
The result is bitter. However, they mixed it with good quality wine to sweeten it. Note that this method of preparation and the taste are quite different from today’s mulled wine.
Mulled wine or spiced wine
Over the centuries, the recipe for mulled wine has been refined in the West. Thus, it became the spiced wine, a drink that met a great success in France and Spain in the twelfth century.
Its popularity was exported to England where King Henry III made it his favorite drink. Later on, mulled wine arrived in Germany and then in Scandinavian countries.
Mulled wine: a Christmas tradition
Mulled wine did not become a Christmas tradition until the late 19th century. At that time, merchants offered the beverage at Christmas markets in Germany.
Drinking mulled wine was a matter of course during the winter period for the Christmas merchants. They drank this drink to support the cold. Due to its success, they started to sell it.